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Gwen and Brian Bromley, owners of the Cinnamon Tree and Bromley’s Menswear respectively, pose for a photo on Friday in the Bromley’s section of the storefront they now share at 934 Rosser Ave.
It’s not every couple that gets to work side by side, especially when each owns a separate business. But that’s just what Brian and Gwen Bromley are doing, now that Bromley’s Menswear moved in alongside The Cinnamon Tree at 934 Rosser Ave.
Brian Bromley relocated Bromley’s Menswear from 929 Rosser Ave. to the vacant space beside his wife’s business, The Cinnamon Tree.
"That was always our plan, but the space wasn’t available at the time," Gwen said. "I think it’s a really great concept. It’s wonderful to have the stores full and open."
The two stores have separate entrances, but customers are able to move freely from store to store inside the building. The relocation of Bromley’s has allowed Cinnamon Tree to stretch out, as Bromley’s didn’t require the full 2,200 square feet of the new space. Cinnamon Tree added another 1,000 square feet to its space, giving the women’s clothing and gift shop a full 3,200 square feet.
"I’ve been able to put the gift wear in behind the space of Bromley’s and it’s kept it really open. I’m able too, to better display the clothes. We have so many clothes now I can show them off much better," Gwen said.
The Cinnamon Tree offers women’s clothes in a wide range of styles, age appropriateness and carries brands such as BB Dakota, Jack and Point Zero in sizes starting at two and going to XXL.
The Cinnamon Tree also carries a plethora of accessories and gift wear including handmade soaps, candles, purses, scarves, jewelry and more.
"It was a lease issue that prompted (Bromley’s) to move, but it’s worked out for the best," Brian said. "The whole main floor is now full and we’ve filled up another empty space."
Bromley’s Menswear specializing in custom-made suits, which the fit, cut, style, fabric and colour can be the customer’s choosing. Bromley’s also carries a line of Jack Lipson Fine Shirt Makers shirts and other menswear accessories that range in price.
So what is it like for Gwen to be working so close to her husband?
"I don’t see him much actually," she laughs. "Sometimes I can hear his voice, it’s nice."
Another rumour to diffuse. Public relations representatives from Red Lobster Canada tell me there are absolutely no current plans to open up one of its restaurants in the Wheat City.
Joe Beeverz Bar and Grill has had an exciting and successful first year. Chad Wallin, who owns Joe Beeverz with a local group of partners, said the grill and bar, located at 20-1300 18th St., has been embraced by Brandonites and has prompted the ownership group to open a second location in Yorkton, Sask.
Wallin said the menu has been changed here and there and the restaurant even uses customers input. Joe Beeverz recently made a separate menu for all its different types of poutine — a move that was prompted when the poutine was a limited-time item but became a huge hit with customers — now all the different varieties are a permanent menu item.
Wallin said other popular menu items include Joe Beeverz ribs, buffalo chicken, wings, freshly roasted pulled pork sandwiches and the breakfast burger.
"The first year has been fantastic. We’ve been really well received by the community," Wallin said.
For the month of August, Joe Beeverz is running the "Ultimate Man" contest, where male patrons will have the chance to win items to dress up their "man caves." For more information about Joe Beeverz Bar and Grill, visit them online at joebeeverz.com or call 204-726-JOES (5637).
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 14, 2012