Sorting, packing, lifting, hauling. Moving can often be stressful and a lot of work, but the end result — a bigger place, a new place, a fresh start — can often help you forget what it took to get you there.
This is definitely the case with Aaron’s Inc. They moved on July 2 from 809 18th St. to their new location at 2015 Brandon Ave., right beside the Brandon Animal Clinic.
General manager Mindee Gatzke said they are thoroughly enjoying their new space.
"Our other building was older, this building is brand new and is so much better for showcasing our furniture," Gatzke said. "The colours are new, more contemporary and modern; we’re just better able to stage our products. I love the décor and the nice light."
Aaron’s is a retail and lease-to-own furniture store that opened in Brandon four years ago. It is a franchise that originated in Atlanta, with locations throughout the United States and Canada.
Aaron’s in Brandon currently employs seven people.
They carry furniture for every room in your home or office, with Woodhaven being their own product line. They also sell appliances and all electronics, including televisions, stereo components, computers and gaming equipment.
For more information, visit shopaarons.ca.
Beach Party Fun
It’s time to kick off the flip-flops and enjoy a beach party right here within the city of Brandon. For the second year in a row, The Dock on Princess will be featuring MargaritaFest Aug. 15 and 16.
"We sand off the entire parking lot, back lane and adjacent property and invite 600 of our friends to a beach party," Dock general manager Jamie Munro said.
MargaritaFest offers a full-service bar outside, VIP service on the patio and great music.
"We’ll feature some local artists and Brian Neale with Northern Harbour will be there to entertain us with some great summertime fun music," Munro said.
Misty Street and Just 4 Kicks are the local entertainers who will kick off the main sets.
Neale performed last year to a sold-out crowd and this year he’s bringing the entire band.
To learn more about the band, visit northernharbour.com.
Advance tickets for the two-day MargaritaFest are on sale now ($12 for a day pass and $20 for the weekend). Those who pre-purchase tickets will have a chance to win a trip for two to Las Vegas courtesy of KIA. MargaritaFest is being presented by BOB-FM and the Brandon Sun.
The Dock on Princess is well known for using local products and providing fresh food. They use Manitoba chicken, Canadian-bought certified Angus beef, pork from Springhill Farms in Neepawa, most of the bread products come from Kuipers Family Bakery and the sauces and dressings are all made from scratch.
"Manitoba has a lot to offer, so why not take advantage of it?" Munro said. "We like to combine healthy eating with good eating and try to have fun with food."
For more information, visit thedockonprincess.com.
• DQ’s annual Miracle Treat Day is Thursday, Aug. 14. DQ Brandon has been a proud participant in every Miracle Treat Day since its inception in 2002. The proceeds from all Blizzards sold at both locations will go directly to the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba. DQ has been supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals for 31 years. Just another reason to indulge in a little treat this summer.
• W.K. Chan Jewellers closed at the end of June, leaving a fairly large vacant spot in the Shoppers Mall. Mall officials, however, are looking at a number of different options that could potentially occupy the space. In the meantime, two new stores — Freshly Squeezed and The Body Shop — will open in the mall this fall.
• I noticed some weeks ago (might have even been months) that Catwalk Clothing Company at 312 10th St. is closed. I’ve not been successful in contacting the owner to get more details, but I do know that many people will miss their unique selection of women’s clothing, shoes and accessories.
• Sweet Temptations at 459 23rd St. has officially closed. I featured Sharon Alexander in the May 3 edition of #businessbuzz as she began the process of selling the business due to retirement. Alexander had hoped she would find a buyer and the bakery would continue to operate. Unfortunately, no one stepped forward to take it over. Best wishes for a wonderful retirement, Sharon — your tasty treats will be missed!
» Wanda Kurchaba is a Brandon freelance writer and a communications and marketing specialist. This column on Westman’s business community appears each Saturday. Contact Wanda directly with any story ideas.