Well, until writing this column I did not realize how many businesses change locations in a given year. It seems as though I’ve written about so many and I still have more moves to tell you about in upcoming columns!
This week’s business that is on the move is Phillips Insurance Agency. They’ve been at their current location at 1125 Rosser Ave. for 20 years, but they’ve started to pack their boxes and plan to put down roots in a different part of the city.
The insurance company will find itself at 510 First St., in the unit to the east of Coffee Culture at 1st Street and Victoria Avenue.
Owner Wanda Villers said there are a number of reasons for the move.
“Our new location has a parking lot and that’s a big thing for us, plus it’s a busy intersection. We’ll have a bigger office and it’s newer and more modern,” Villers said.
Villers also commented that their new location is closer to Manitoba Public Insurance on First Street, which is helpful for their customers.
Phillips Insurance Agency has three staff and they offer home, auto and travel insurance. Villers has 21 years of experience at the agency and took over the business four years ago after the original owner, Gordon Phillips, passed away.
“It was a good fit for me,” Villers said. “I knew all the customers and I’ve worked in the industry for a long time.”
In order to accommodate the move and to set up the new office space, the agency will be closed on Aug. 21 and 22, but they will be ready and open for business on Monday, Aug. 25.
For more information on Phillips Insurance Agency, call 204-727-0709.
Gearing up for school
As the beginning of September and the start of school rolls around some parents will be doing the happy dance, others (like me!) will be sad. If only summer could be just a bit longer!
Whether we like it or not, it is time to get the kids prepped for school with new binders that snap tight and boxes of new crayons that will look very different in June. In a conversation with Don Green, the owner of Christie’s Office Plus, he said this year there are a number of new trends in school supplies.
“We’re certainly seeing a lot more with technology. Most students need USB flash drives, things to do with the iPad, charging stations and stuff like that. These are items that we never really used to have as part of the school supply selection,” Green said.
Green and his staff have also noticed that calculators aren’t on many school supply lists for younger students after Manitoba Education and Advanced Learning made changes to the mathematics curriculum. They are, though, still on the list for most students in their senior years.
Green said they usually work with teachers (and schools) when they are creating the school supply lists to ensure that products are available and they have a good selection of what teachers are wanting the students to have in the classroom.
In addition to carrying a good selection, another great incentive for shopping at Christie’s Office Plus is that they give five per cent of every purchase of school supplies to your school of choice.
“We’ve given to many schools throughout the province because we have customers from rural areas as well as from Brandon. You just have to tell us what school you would like us to give to and we’ll do the rest,” Green said.
And if you’re not interested in having a debate with your child over which red pen to get, just give the staff at Christie’s a call, let them know what grade and which school your child attends and they will do your shopping for you. A good deal, indeed!
Christie’s Office Plus is located at 705 Pacific Ave.
Other back-to-school sales to take note of:
• I Wish I Had at 601 Ninth St. has 40 per cent off some of their children’s clothing including Point Zero, Yogini and Nicki B, but only while supplies last.
• Brandon’s Source for Sports at 2025 Brandon Ave. has all regular priced footwear as buy one get one at half price from now until the end of August. They carry Toms, Nike, Asics, Saucony, New Balance and more.