After seventeen years of being in a partnership, in December 2012 Blake & Ulrike bought the other half of the company out, taking the business over completely. In March 2013 of the year, they recruited their son Matty who begun to sub-contract for the upholstery business. In addition, in April he opened a new bicycle repair & parts shop. Redbeard Cycle Repair, which operates upstairs out of the same location as Sterling Upholstery. “It’s a good fit as it (bike repair) is a seasonal business, “says Matty. The 29 year old entrepreneur has had a dream to start his business for well over ten years, growing his experience & training during that period. Some of his experience working in the bike industry in Southern BC, & being the service manager for five years at Forward bike & board- a local Grande Prairie company. In addition, he has taken courses in Oregon from the United Bicycle Institute, although admitting a lot of his vast experience comes from “hands-on” learning, no different than the upholstery business.
“The opportunity presented itself & timing was right to start” says Matty. “By working together we can
grow the space size, increase the number of employees we have, & continue to offer quality services,
“says Ulrike,” both business are built on service, quality, & custom work. This family has a 200 year
long history of being in business.” There is no doubt that they will not be breaking the family tradition
any time soon, & clearly they are meant to be in business for many more generations to come.
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