October 4th, 2017 ~ Vol. 87 No. 40
Summit Home Center marks a milestone
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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Pictured above is three generations of the family that has owned and operated Summit Home Center: current managers Blair (left) and Cathy (third from left) Painter, Cathy’s father Russ Montalbetti (second from left), and Blair and Cathy’s son Joel Painter. Started by Cathy’s grandparents in the 1935, the company is celebrating 82 years in business this October.
Pass Herald Reporter
Celebrating 82 years in business and 20 years at their current location, Summit Home Center certainly qualifies for the title of one of Crowsnest Pass’ oldest existing businesses.

Summit Home Center has been a family-owned and operated company for four generations, currently under the management of Cathy and Blair Painter.

To celebrate their milestone, Summit is holding a three-day anniversary weekend with hefty product discounts on October 5, 6 and 7.

On Thursday, October 5, Summit is also serving anniversary cake baked by one of the employees and coffee from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. On Friday, October 6, visitors to the store have the chance to win free gifts all day until they run out. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 7, a toonie hotdog and drink lunch is taking place, with all proceeds and recycling collected going to the Blairmore Lions. Door prizes will be given out on all three days of the anniversary sale, including a $500 shopping spree gift card that will be drawn Saturday afternoon.
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Summit’s roots go back to 1935, when Cathy’s grandparents Aldo and Rachel Montalbetti opened Modern Electric, the precursor to Summit Home Center, in a small shop on the side of the Italian Hall in Coleman where they sold and repaired small electrical appliances.

As the business grew, they purchased the 1907 Coleman Mercantile building on Main Street (currently Country Encounters) in 1944 and branched out into hardware and housewares. Their next expansion came in 1955 with the addition of selling furniture, major appliances and construction supplies out of the Coleman Hardware building.

Cathy’s parents, Russell and Alice Montalbetti, took over the business in 1968. They renamed it Pass Home Electric Center and registered it with the Home Hardware Stores Ltd. several years later, turning the company into a dealer-owned operation.
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Another expansion took place under Russell and Alice in 1981 with the opening of HomeAll Building Center in Blairmore where Copy Magic is currently located, a step that took the company into the building supply market. It was at this location that Blair began his introduction into the family business as a manager, several years after he and Cathy got married.

The merger of all three locations came in October 1997 under one name of Summit Home Center and one roof in Blairmore’s West end, but their legacy lives on as some locals still refer to the business as “Montalbetti’s” or “HomeAll.”

With Cathy and Blair’s son Joel joining the company in 2007, Summit Home Center became a fourth-generation, truly locally-run business in the Pass.
October 4th, 2017 ~ Vol. 87 No. 40
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