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Melinda McDonald looks forward to the day when she can hand over the Vern’s Pizza franchise to her son Brady McDonald, middle, and business partner Peter Turner, right.
Vern’s Pizza has as a set of new owners. The popular pizza franchise, located at 2430 Victoria Ave., is now owned by a family of three — Melinda, Brent and Brady McDonald, who purchased Vern’s from Jill and Derek Martin in the spring.
"It’s pretty exciting for us," said Melinda McDonald. "I’m a real estate agent and Jill and Derek wanted to sell. The more I thought about it, the more I thought it would be a good fit for us and a good opportunity for our son."
Vern’s Pizza operates with a staff of about seven, with Brady McDonald managing it.
Melinda McDonald said while she’s enjoying the flashback to some of her first jobs at fast-food restaurants, her five-year plan is for her son and his business partner to own it outright.
"I really like being out there, meeting people. And we just thought, why don’t we give him this opportunity," McDonald said.
McDonald said Vern’s prides itself on the fresh, from scratch approach the company has towards food. Vern’s is famous for its high-piled toppings, but McDonald said its "lite" pizza is quite popular.
Vern’s also sells salad, chicken fingers, ribs, and chicken wings. Vern’s offers small and big catering for office meetings or parties.
If you don’t want a whole pie, but just a piece, Vern’s offers a hot slice of its lite version for $2 on Monday, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. You can also buy it by the slice in Brandon at the Heritage Co-op on 18th Street.
Want a fresh baked one at home? Vern’s sells a variety of U-bake pizzas for the busy moms and dads out there.
Vern’s is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturdays and Sundays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Vern’s offers delivery all day long. Order online at vernspizza.com — or for mobile users, download the Vern’s app for daily deals.
For more information, or to order, call 204-728-3767.
Now that the weather has turned a bit cooler, planting flowers is probably the furthest thing from your mind.
But Bernie Whetter, owner of the Green Spot, said fall is a great time to plant perennials, including flowers, trees and shrubs, for next year.
"Any perennial that has grown in a pot and established roots can go in the ground now, right up to freeze-up," Whetter said.
"People right now come in after seeing what works and what doesn’t or maybe you want to add something to your garden, or plant a tree. We say now is the second best time to plant, next to spring. As long as they get a good snow cover, they’ll be good all winter."
You can get your perennials for a good price right now; perennials are 40 per cent off until winter hits. If you still like the look of green or a brightly coloured flower for your yard, Whetter said potted mums and kale made a great fall addition to your yard. For more information, call the Green Spot at 204-727-5884.
LI’L BIT BABY BOUTIQUE
I love writing the Attention Shoppers column for the Brandon Sun and connecting with other small businesses in Brandon. I am a writer, a mom and a small business owner too. This week, I’m giving my store a little plug.
Today, Sept. 28, Li’l Bit Baby is celebrating its fifth year in business, with cupcakes and balloons for the kids and a baby wearing demo at 1 p.m. There will also be a number of door prizes.
We’d love all our current and past customers to come down for a treat and a visit. The event happens all day, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
For more information, call Li’l Bit Baby at 204-725-4412.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 28, 2013