November 26th, 2014 ~ Vol. 84 No. 46
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Real estate investment paves way for one stop super store shopping
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
Ezra Black Photo
This fun group of ladies are very excited to host their grand opening event on Friday. Left, Telus store manager Teyel Strandquist, the Health Hub’s Holistic Nutritionist Shannon Burton and the Rose Peddler’s Hayley Strandquist.
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
A mother’s investment in her two daughters has created a firm foundation for three entrepreneurs to give the Pass a one-stop shop for everything from phones to flowers.
“People can get all sorts of services in one building,” says Health Hub owner Dr. Sarah-Dash Arbuckle. “Get your phone, get some flowers and then some snacks and healthy items.”
When real estate investor Cory Tourond purchased a building on 20th Avenue in Blairmore, right across the street from the post office, she also acquired the Telus store, which is being managed by her daughter Teyel Strandquist.
The investment allowed Hayley Strandquist, Tourond’s other daughter and owner of The Rose Peddler Flowers and Gifts, to move her business into the building.
Next they convinced Arbuckle to move the Health Hub into their downstairs space, creating a family run Crowsnest super store.
After extensive renovations and preparations all three businesses are holding a grand opening event on Friday that will feature prize draws, food and refreshments, deals and a chance to meet the staff. Mountain Radio representatives will be doing a live broadcast from the location.
Arbuckle says she’s very happy with the move to downtown Blairmore.
“I love it,” says Arbuckle. “It’s so much busier and being next to the post office is great in terms of people dropping in to ask questions and take a look.”
The Health Hub offers specialty foods, healthy items and funky smelling products from the orient. It is also a multi-disciplinary clinic.
Arbuckle’s team includes Curtis Stevens, a counselor and hypnotherapist, Kyle Green, a massage therapist, Dr. Lindsey Paterson, chiropractor, Rita Wendrich, an acupuncturist and practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine, Dr. Lisa Tettamanti-Ratvay, a naturopathic doctor and allergy specialist and Shannon Burton, a holistic nutritionist.
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The Strandquist sisters; phones and flowers

Teyel does not have much experience in telecommunications but all of the previous staff, who have years of experience, have stayed on at the Telus location.
“They have helped me immensely,” says Teyel. “I knew nothing. I was completely green going into all of it. I’ve never worked for Telus or ran anything to do with electronics.”
“But she’s a natural salesperson,” says her sister Hayley.
Teyel has experience selling everything from automobiles to ski accessories.
The Telus shop carries all Telus cellphones and high end accessories. They also carry electronics and are able to set up customers with Telus TV, home phone and Internet services as well.
Since moving to the new location, Hayley has taken advantage of the larger location by expanding her business into giftware and other products.
“It’s a lot more welcoming and a lot more open,” says Hayley. “There’s more light.”
The sisters are excited to be working together and Teyel enjoys taking breaks from the comparatively electronic filled environment of the Telus shop to spend time in The Rose Peddler, which is filled with plants and flowers.
“We were a bit worried at first about how two sisters would get along in the same space everyday, all day but we’ve grown to enjoy it,” says Teyel.
The three entrepreneurs are thankful that Tourond’s real estate purchase has allowed them to both work together and pursue their ventures.
“The three of us are very thankful for what our mother has done for us,” says Teyel.

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