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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - December 5, 1999, Brandon, Manitoba Brandon sunday december 5,1999 buy or lease a new or pre owned vehicle during december and receive Kelleher ims ufos sin 7284554 1088-850-3673swim with the Sharks Zamurray follows big footsteps/e3 Rice financial Htu Tuai a i Elfi Dortu would you like to receive our Mutual fund update Call today for your free copy.729-3400 y2k scare heating up by Dean Pritchard the Brandon Sun will it be the end of the world As we know it or the greatest anti Climax since Geraldo opened Al Capone a vault with just one month to go before y2k, suppliers of Gas generators Wood burning stoves and other emergency survival items say they Are Well prepared for one last pre millennial melt Down sales push. Forman Honda general manager Dave Creighton said sales of Gas generators have slowed considerably since going through the roof at the beginning of the year. Between february and May Gas Generator sales were up a phenomenal 250 per cent Over the same period last year Creighton said. A everything we could buy was sold out a he said. A usually in that time Frame we sell 25 to 30 generators but in a sure we were very close to too and that does no to count the ones we get in time before customers went somewhere else. A it really caught us off guard because i think a lot of us anticipated a fall run on them not that Creighton estimated about 70 per cent of the sales were directly y2k related with the balance purchased by people concerned about natural disasters like the Montreal ice storm. As Jan. I draws nearer the business is keeping a full Stock of generators in anticipation of renewed demand Creighton said. A i do realize a lot of people bought already for it. But we Are still predicting there will be last minute Over at Princess Auto sales staff Arentt so sure. The business experienced a similar run on Gas generators Early in the year Only to watch them taper off said a sales person who did not give her name. Like Forman Honda Many of the sales were to customers concerned about the Montreal ice storm and Power shortages in Alberta. Most of the customers were Farmers worried about keeping Power to their farm buildings in the event of a blackout. A we were shipping them out like crazy october through february a she said. A we had to to 15 orders on hold then we Supply them because there was a natural disaster where they Are she said the business is keeping a full Stock of generators on hand just in Case but does no to expect a december sales if anything in a pretty sure most people would have had them by now a she said. Ray Poole of rays fireplaces said he has sold 50 per cent More Wood burning stoves than last year and sales remain steady. A a y2k is on everybody a mind a he said. A everybody mentions it. Five per cent done to give a Heck but the rest of them Are thinking about a some people Are really Adamant about it and they Are going to be real prepared others Are upgrading their old stoves so they can get better efficiency if something Poole said half of his Gas fireplace sales have been propane not natural Gas an indication people want to make sure they have a heat Supply if they lose Power. A was Long As you have a fuel Supply or Wood you Are going to have heat a he said. Seals action gear owner John Nije Boer said customers Are scooping up More emergency manuals portable stoves and dry rations than usual but not enough to increase Overall sales. A people certainly Arentt running the door Flat but there definitely has been a slight shift in the Way those items Are sold a Nieboer said. A instead of buying one or two rations for a camping trip people Are buying a Case now and if they done to need them they will just use them next for people who done to know quite where to Start Nieboer is Selling his own emergency preparedness kits a a Duffel bag including everything from emergency rations water jugs and blankets to magnesium fire starter glow Sticks and Parachute Cord. A i sell the items Loose More than i sell the bag Quot he said. A most people look at the bag and say a of now i know what to put in it but i already have this and this at it gives people merchant sniffs out Opportunity in Wake of Eaton a closure by Diane Nelson the Brandon Sun to Rob Forbes it just made scents. The venerable Eaton a department store with its exclusive line of fragrances had closed. What were those in search of Sweet smelling substances to do Forbes who spent 30 years in the newspaper business a the last 12 As publisher of the Brandon Sun a figured he would go into business for himself when he left the paper earlier this year. And while he never envisioned himself As the proprietor of a perfumery the Opportunity was simply too logical not to pursue. A i was thinking about this a Long time ago a Forbes owner of the newly opened scents Fine fragrances and body luxuries boutique said earlier this week. A Aback when Eaton a was first in trouble the thought came to mind a if it happens to go Down and they done to save this store there Are three areas that Are not available in Brandon to any extent and that a fragrance cosmetic lines shoes to a big extent and pantyhose a top end hosiery. A i just looked at the fragrance end of it As being a natural because without another major department store you just done to have the top end when the death Knell finally sounded for Eaton a Forbes who was still mulling Over the fragrance store idea wandered into the soon to be defunct downtown landmark and inquired about purchasing some of the cosmetic fragrance display cases. The first person he talked to was Gloria Moreland who had worked As a cosmetic and fragrance consultant at Eaton a for the past 28 years. A fall of a sudden a Light went on a Forbes said. A a Here a a woman that knows everything there is to know about fragrance has been Here knows All of the women that buy it Here knows the Strong Sellers and knows the Market. So i immediately said a How would you like to pursue this further a a the two developed a business arrangement a Forbes owns scents and Moreland is the store manager a and proceeded to make the idea of an Independent fragrance shop a reality. Space for the store was secured at 723 Rosser Avenue right across from the old Eaton a location premises that until recently were occupied by the specially shop. Renovations were completed and lines of women a and menus fragrances from the likes of Alfred Sung Christian dior Given Chy Oscar Yardley and Elizabeth Arden bearing exotic names like wish red door White diamonds Doulton Poison and Dune began lining the shelves of the sparkling new shop. Forbes declined to divulge specific numbers but said a several Hundred thousand dollars a year Are spent on fragrance alone in Brandon a and that a not including Money that changes hands for body lotions soaps creams and cosmetics. While scents does no to handle cosmetics just yet it is actively pursuing specific Brand name lines which it Hopes to offer in the new year. Forbes who confesses to always liking Fine menus fragrances said he a relying on Moreland and Marion Rankin another former Eaton a employee who worked alongside Moreland for 20 years in the cosmetics department to teach him All he needs to know about the fragrance business. Scents is also bringing in a line of women a and menus leather jackets and one of leather gloves. Quot hence the a body luxuries in the name so that its not just limited to a fragrance a Forbes said. A Down the Road who knows its open to everything that people consider a luxury for their bodies so that a Why we did Forbes said he and his wife Sherri have discussed the future potential of the new business. Industry representatives have indicated that fragrance boutiques Are becoming All the rage in Europe now so the Forbses Hope they May have stumbled onto an idea at exactly the right Point in time. A this is considered i was told the cutting Edge sort of thing in North America a Forbes said. A and maybe in be pounced on something that a perfect. There a nothing to say we open these in other Moreland said she a thoroughly enjoying putting her expertise to work in the new shop. And Long time Eaton a customers have been coming into scents to let her and Rankin know they be been missed. A a what a Nice about it with the store opening is All the people coming in that we used to wait on and they re giving us big hugs and saying a Nice to see you a a Moreland said. Customers Vith requests for certain products Are invited to ask for what they want a a special order Book already has several entries in it and the scents staff Aims to please. A if a customer comes in and asks for a fragrance if we can possibly get it Rob will say a go ahead a a Moreland said. Scents is open for business monday through Friday Bruce Bumstead Brandon Sun Rob Forbes owner of scents a High end perfume store located downtown can be seen reflected in a display Mirror beside his staff members Gloria Moreland left and Marion Rankin. From 9 30 . To 5 30 ., and from 9 30 until 4 30 on saturday. Forbes said the store will soon be open until 9 Nightly for the festive season and will offer the extended hours during the same time period As other downtown merchants. Forbes said so far he shaving a blast with the fragrance shop and said there a More than one aspect he likes about his new line of work. A a it a fun a he said with a Grin. A and it smells inside Classi l l i /8-10 t Ravel /4-5 Mutual /6-7 sports 13 business Buzz Bruce Bumstead Brandon Sun rays fireplaces owner Ray Poole has seen Wood stoves sales heat up with y2k concerns. Mall project w ill wait the Developer of a new shopping mall and residential subdivision has postponed the Purchase of $3 million in City land until Spring. A amp s Homes option to buy 23 hectares at eighteenth Street and Kirkcaldy drive expired last month but the City has Given an Extension said a amp s spokesman Vince Spezzano. The postponement Means the City a $2.5 million operating surplus wont get any larger in 1999, but the land Sale will bolster its 2000 fiscal year. Spezzano said the project is being pushed Back to accommodate prospective Anchor tenants who done to want to move in until late Spring. The poor farm Economy stemming from a steady Spring rain downpour has cooled interest from retailers he said. But the closure of Eaton so in Brandon and elsewhere a has other chains eager to fill the shopping void. A it increases demand a Spezzano said. A a there a one less big store to shop at and people have to shop construction of apartments duplexes and four plexus will coincide with work on the mall next year. Construction of single family Homes next to the existing Kirkcaldy Heights subdivision wont happen before fall. The Developer and City have decided that traffic lights will be situated on Kirkcaldy rather than eighteenth. Bagel spot to open the building which formerly housed great Canadian Bagel wont stay empty for Long. Jim nay a former co owner of sports traders will open Jbv a bagels amp Deli in Early january. The new restaurant will have a similar variety of bagels to its predecessor but More Sandwich and soup choices nay said. The bakery a dozen wednesday special which was popular with great Canadian Bagel customers will also return with a similar Price. Tvo employees from the former restaurant Are already on Jbv a payroll with another to workers to be hired in january. A one thing i Hope people notice is the redecorating Quot said nay. A the second thing is the menu offerings will be bakery closes buns master bakery closed its doors recently. The business which was owned by Bill Eisler was located at thirty fourth Street and Victoria Avenue. Forty lots in works development of 40 new single family Home lots in the City a West end is a step closer to completion after Council approved a subdivision proposal by Developer Guy Sumida. The lots Are on land lying Between Mctavish and Van Horne avenues from thirty ninth to forty first streets in the Waverly area. The City and Developer have yet to enter into a development agreement. Done to protect business a City councillor wants changes to a Brandon and area development plan policy that protects business. The policy requires the Brandon and area planning District to carry out an economic Impact study whenever a new shopping Centre is proposed. The study a purpose is to examine the new ventures Impact on existing business. Coun. Doug Paterson Assiniboine said its not the City a Job to protect business from Competition. The development plan is up for review within a year. Compiled by Rod Nickel

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