The new owner of Ah! Some Art says she isn’t going to tinker with a successful formula that has kept the funky gift shop in Point Edward thriving the past 20 years.
“It’s worked this way for a long time, so I’m going to keep it much the same,” said Liz Koetsier, who bought the store from founder Lisa Walton in November.
Koetsier is a former teacher from Plympton-Wyoming who left the profession and decided she wanted to become a business owner.
“I wanted to do something else other than teach, and, when I found Ah! Some Art, I thought this is really cool. Everything in here is so eclectic, one-of-a-kind.”
She and husband Jack run a farm that Koetsier says has developed a strong business sense in her.
“I know something about cash flow and hard work,” she said.
Ah! Some Art has a reputation for handcrafted, Canadian-made jewelry, pottery, greeting cards, metal art, photography and glass. Free giftwrapping has always been a trademark and will continue, said Koetsier.
She hopes to grow the custom framing end of the business.
Ah! Some Art is located at 123 Michigan Ave. in Point Edward and is open Monday to Friday 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
MODELING SCHOOL SEEKING STUDENTS
So you think you have what it takes to be a model?
Now you can find out for sure by contacting Brigitte Bisson, owner of The Fashion Palace Modeling School and Talent Agency on Mitton Street.
Bisson is recruiting for her annual Spring and Summer Gala Fashion Show to be held April 12 at Jack Doyle’s on London Road.
She already has 10 models in training, ages three to 60 years, and is looking for 10 more males and females.
“Anyone who wants to do it for self-esteem or to see if they could be professional, should call me,” said Bisson a former model.
She provides new recruits with a 10-week modeling course that usually costs $200. If the model sells 10 tickets to the fashion show at $20 apiece, they get the course free-of-charge.
Bisson said she runs her modeling school as more of a hobby than a business. She also has a hair salon in her building located at 156 Mitton St. North.
If you’re interested in participating in this year’s show, contact the Fashion Palace by mid-March. Call 519-381-3458 or visit www.modelsatfashionpalace.com.
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