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Twisters Ice Cream Shoppe employee Carissa Armstrong and owner Mike Houlden pose with one of the Twisters ice cream treats at the 18th Street North business on Friday afternoon. Twisters opened for the year on March 1.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! It’s that time again when the sun shines a little brighter, the weather is a little warmer and the ice cream shops finally open up again after a long winter. Twisters Ice Cream Shoppe, located at 305 18th St., opened on March 1, and is serving up its much loved twisters — peanut butter cup, strawberry cheesecake, butter pecan score and more. Hours in March are 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Twisters owner Mike Houlden said the hours will expand when the weather gets warmer.
Houlden said Twisters is looking for staff and potential candidates can submit resumés in-store.
Ron Cayer has owned Chicken Charlie’s in Brandon since 1989, but he says his love of his business has been overcome by the love of his grandchildren.
Cayer and his wife Donna have put their restaurant up for sale for $140,000, which includes the leasehold and the equipment, because they want to spend more time with their family, specifically their grandchildren.
"I have two grandchildren who I don’t get to see very often. They live in Calgary and I have six siblings that I’ve hardly seen that I would like to travel and visit now," Cayer said.
The restaurant, located at 121 Sixth St., is attached the Grey Hound bus depot, which Cayer also managed for 22 years before stepping back.
The restaurant is known for its homemade certified organic beef burgers, home-style fries and its other home-cooked meals.
"It’s an interesting business for people with plenty of opportunity for growth," Cayer said. "There’s room for more home baking, extended hours. I’ve lost some of that energy I had 20 years ago, but I’m well prepared to pass on those ideas to whoever (buys the business.)
"I will miss it. I’ve had the opportunity to meet people all over the world from almost any country."
Clancy’s Meat Co.
Brandon will be the first Manitoba location of one of the fastest-growing food franchises in the country.
Clancy’s Meat Co. will open at 839 18th St. near the end of March, well ahead of a Winnipeg location that is set to open later this summer.
Clancy’s provides fresh and frozen meat products, ready-to-eat meats and dishes inspired by Canada’s West Coast, as well as frozen fruits and vegetables and ready-to-cook dishes that are organic and preservative-free. Their menu boasts appetizers, side dishes, beef and pork, poultry, seafood and desserts. Clancy’s has locations all over Canada.
Jim and Tracey Widing are opening the local franchise after family members did the same in B.C.
"I have two brothers that operate the same franchise out of Kelowna and they’ve been open about a year and it’s going well," said Jim Widing, who also owns Idylwylde Cabins in Clear Lake with his mother.
The Brandon location of Clancy’s will also offer a variety of top cuts of Canadian beef that can be cut to order on site.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit clancysmeatco.com.
Double Decker Tavern
The Double Decker Tavern owner Kim Hooker and her silent partner have sold the downtown pub.
The bar will have new owners as of Sunday. More news to come.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 10, 2012