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Don Howard (front) and David Howard have sold their building and land at 1440 Park Ave. to BJ Nelson Development Ltd.
After 80 years in business, the Howard family has officially sold the last remaining part of their business — the building and the land it sits on.
Brothers Don and David Howard, the last owners of Howard’s Van and Storage Ltd., said they recently sold their building and land at 1440 Park Ave. to local developer BJ Nelson Development Ltd.
Don’s wife Sally Howard said the family sold the company, which was started by Don and David Howard’s grandfather Lorne Howard in 1929 in Souris, to the Winnipeg company Quick Transfer a year ago.
Quick Transfer has kept the name Howard’s Van and Storage Ltd., and David Howard still works for the company, acting as the western Manitoba representative.
Howard’s Van and Storage was moved to Brandon in 1969 by Les Howard, Lorne’s son and he operated it in the Wheat City until he passed away in 1978. His sons Don and David took over the family business a few years later.
"It’s bittersweet," Sally Howard said of the business and building sale. "It was a way of life for us … all of our kids worked there in the summer. It was truly a family business and was a really big part of our life. It was hard to let it go, but change is good."
Brian Nelson, owner of BJ Nelson Development Ltd., said that Howard’s Van and Storage will stay on as tenants, but that he plans to develop the building for more retail tenants.
On or Under the Tree
There’s a new shop in Wasagaming that is sure to get you thinking about Christmas in July. Eric and Marita Dowsett opened their newest business venture, On or Under the Tree, on the main street of Wasagaming in Riding Mountain National Park this past May.
The Dowsetts own and operate Rosanne’s Silk Designs, a very popular Christmas seasonal shop out of their home in Brandon from October to December.
Eric Dowsett said the opportunity and the space came up in Clear Lake which prompted the Dowsetts to open their first shop.
"We’ve never tried a store front before and we thought let’s try it in Wasagaming," Dowsett said. "It’s a different market there, lots of travellers coming to the lake."
Dowsett said stocking the store was easy as they had a lot of stock on hand from Rosanne’s Silk Designs. Customers have a vast selection of seasonal and non-seasonal products to choose from.
"We have a full line of Christmas items, decorations. We have a lot of gifts —scarves, T-shirts, personal and baby items, jewelry and lots more," Dowsett said.
Hours at On or Under the Tree are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the week and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekends.
Safety Chicks is hoping to become your No.1 stop for safety supplies, consultation and training.
The new business, owned by safety professionals Carrie Thorpe and Courtney Weger, offer a variety of safety and first aid supplies in the shop, located at 730 Richmond Ave. East and also offer training and consultation in their space or at your office.
Safety Chicks offers training in First Aid, WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems), Safety Rep and Fit Testing. Thorpe and Weger are experienced safety experts in COR and ISNetworld.
Safety Chicks is welcoming customers to their new business with a grand opening on Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Safety Chicks will be offering great deals on safety glasses, shirts and gloves.
For more information, call Safety Chicks at 204-726-1573 or visit them online at safetychicks.ca.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 28, 2012