The world of business is changing. There are an increasing number of people who are looking at working from home and being their own boss.
The Brocanteuse is one such Drumheller business. Kandace Wylie-Toews has always had a passion for working on furniture; and after a career in nursing in the penitentiary she decided she wanted to turn that passion into a business. The premise behind the business is to take old furniture pieces and give them a new lease on life.
So how is business? She expressed that it's going really well, in fact better than expected. Her family are very excited for her and at how well it is going. After being in business for a couple of years Stephen Peterson owner of the Brick bought some pieces from her and so began a partnership. You are now able to find pieces of work displayed in the Drumheller Brick for sale.
Kandace is often busy at markets and is now branching out to markets in towns such Penhold and even Calgary to sell her wares.
When asked what it is about being in Drumheller that she enjoys? She shared that the town has been good to her and has been a great place to bring up her family.
When asked if she has any words of wisdom or thoughts she would like to share. She explained that being able to do something she is passionate about has really changed her outlook on life in a positive way.
The Brocanteuse sells pieces Kandace has created or if you have something in storage you would like to be restored feel free to contact her and she will bring it back to life for you. You can visit her display at the Brick on Railway Avenue or visit her facebook page
By: Cody Glydon
There is a certain magic about a theatre that can be difficult to explain in words. Theatres have always been a place where families gather, where a nervous new couple shares their first kiss, where we laugh, where we cry, and where we create special memories. Yes, theatres hold a special spot in everyone’s heart. The Napier Theatre in Drumheller is no exception. If you talk to any resident in Drumheller, I’m sure they all have a special memory of this historic theatre.
Since the walls can’t talk, I sat down with Jeff and Kathy Larson of the Napier Theatre to learn more about this iconic building and what it’s like to run a theatre in our community.
“We both like movies and it’s a fun business. You get to deal with the public, which is fun, and seeing different people” confesses owner Jeff Larson.
The Larson’s owned the theatre from 1996 to 1999 and acquired it again in 2005 and have owned it ever since. In addition to the Napier Theatre, they have owned the theatre in Strathmore for the past two years. Jeff is also a movie collector, estimating he has over 200 films and short films in his collection.
In today’s high tech world, what does a theatre offer that cannot be duplicated sitting at home or on the computer? Larson says it really boils down to one thing, the experience.
“It’s the experience with other people around you and that makes a difference rather than sitting at home by yourself. If you’re in with an audience in a dark room, especially during comedies, the people start laughing and it gets everybody going” says Larson with a smile on his face.
Of course when you provide that special theatre experience you must be have the latest technology to not only compete, but to stay current with the trends.
“We switched to digital two years ago and it was 60 thousand dollars to put in a digital system and we had no choice because they are phasing out film and if you didn’t do it, then you’re not a business, so we did that” remarked Larson.
Over the years the Napier Theatre has seen some big openings. A complete sellout of a show means all 370 seats are full, however Larson admits at 350 it’s tough to get seats together so they usually try to cap it at 350.
“It’s hard to say what the biggest one was. Things that did very well, thing that we had sell outs on, were the Harry Potter movies.”
Overall Jeff and Kathy Larson really enjoy working in Drumheller. Like many other businesses they say the people of the valley are the best.
“The people are really nice here and we like the community. We have been here for 10 years and have no plans of leaving. In the summertime, because it’s a tourist town, you see different people from all over the place. We’re really busy in the summer” gushes Larson.
You can find the Napier Theatre at the corner of 3rd Ave and Centre Street in Drumheller. You can find them on Facebook, online at napiertheatre.com, or call their movie hotline at 403-823-6411. By the way, just in case you were wondering, where did Jeff and Kathy go on their first date when they met? A movie theatre of course!
If you know of a Drumheller business story that should be told, please email the Economic Development Officer at email@example.com or call 403-823-1320.
For 12 years Janice Burke of Over the Rainbow in Downtown Drumheller has been providing unique gift ideas for residents and visitors.
“When I bought the store, it started out as just children’s clothing and now we have giftware, gifts for men, jewellery, and ladies accessories” says Burke.
They pride themselves on variety in the store. When you walk in you’re instantly met with unique items coupled with a fantastic fresh scent that serenades the entire store. They strive to provide great customer service, knowing that a happy customer is a repeat customer. Looking back on the summer she says jewellery, garden items, and especially baby items have been a hot seller.
“Tourism is great but I appreciate the local people that support me. They have been awesome and when the tourists are not around you really count on your local customers to help you out” remarks Burke.
Winter time is especially good for Over the Rainbow mostly because of Christmas. In addition to their customer appreciation day, Burke’s store has become a favorite destination for local people to buy Christmas stocking stuffers.
“At the customer appreciation day we like to serve food and punch and do some in store demonstrations and it gets better each year” Burke says with a smile.
There are three things that Burke cherishes most about living and working in Drumheller. She loves the friendly people, the small community atmosphere, and the landscape. Thanks to Kellie Smith for nominating Janice Burke and Over the Rainbow for September’s success story!
Find them at 45 3rd Ave West in Drumheller and don’t forget to look for them on Facebook. If you know of a Drumheller business story that should be told, please email the Economic Development Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 403-823-1320.
One word best describes a downtown core. Unique. Downtowns everywhere, including Drumheller, pride themselves on having a unique flavour that one cannot find in other areas of a community. It’s no big secret that being unique and providing fantastic customer service are two cornerstones to success.
SJ Fashions is a downtown Drumheller clothing store that provides women’s clothes for all ages and sizes. While many of today’s clothing stores are large retail outlets located along main travel routes, SJ Fashions remains in a downtown character building combined with old fashioned shopkeeper hospitality. The store employs 6 people, Shirley Briault, Sherry Bitz, Jane Dupuis, Sandra Grenville, Angela Klassen, Joann Werschaler, and 3 high school students.
“customer service and being friendly with people on a one to one basis is what beats the big box stores” says Shirley Briault owner of SJ Fashions, who’s worked in fashion retail for over 20 years.
“My first job was at Lou’s Fashions in Stettler and that’s what got me going in this industry explained Briaut.
“My husband got transferred to Drumheller so I worked at Laval’s Fashions when I first moved to Drumheller 15 years ago and when he went out of business he gave me a chance to start the business in Drumheller” says Briault.
Top quality brand name clothes from sizes 2 to 3X are found in this downtown store and according to Briault she’s seeing a lot more sales of leggings and long tops with lots of color these days.
So what does she love most about doing business in Drumheller? “Being in a small community and the people. It’s beautiful, it’s different, it’s interesting, and there is a lot to do in Drumheller.”
SJ Fashions is this month’s Drumheller success story. Find them at 25 3rd Ave West in Drumheller and don’t forget to look for them on Facebook. If you know of a Drumheller business story that should be told, please email the Economic Development Officer at email@example.com or call 403-823-1320.