We are already half way through February, WOW! Today's feature is Tim Smith, owner and operator of Chandler's Court Retirement Village, located in Sydney Mines. Tim saw a need for something in our community and quickly acted upon it. He now has several units within our local area and has plans to develop more.
We had the opportunity to speak with Tim and here is what he had to say:
Tell us why you started this venture:
I've worked in the construction industry for over 23 years now. About 8.5 years ago, I really started to notice the lack of housing for seniors. There wasn't much available. Nursing homes would fill, senior citizens complexes were all full, with long waiting lists. I'm not from Cape Breton originally, I moved here from Amherst, NS, but I thought to myself, if my parents lived here and could no longer live in their home, where would they live? There really wasn't anything available. And that's how things got started.
Tell us what you offer/bring to Cape Breton?:
To date I have over 42 seniors/ retirement apartments. It is great for those who can no longer take care of their homes. We look after snow removal, lawn care, and regular maintenance. Each year we like to do something special for our tenants. The last few years we have fireworks for the tenants and their families. Each year, we hold a Tenant Appreciation Day! Last year, it was held at the Sydney Mines Firehall. We had a great meal cooked by the fire department and enjoyed music by Jennifer Roland And Jason Kempt.
Any Big plans coming up?:
We have just started our Park Road Development. We currently have 6 retirement units on Park Road but plan to put at least 12 more in that area. We are also planning a tenant and family day for this coming summer. I'm going to build an outdoor stage on our wharf and we will have live music , step dancing, a bbq, and games for the grandchildren. We have the best group of tenants and I want them to know they are appreciated.
What is the most important thing you learned about running your own business in Cape Breton?:
The most important thing I have learned about running a business in Cape Breton is that word of mouth goes along way. Look after your customers and they will look after you. Be honest and upfront.
What are your favorite things to do or places to visit in Cape Breton when you are not busy running the business?:
When I'm not running my business, I spend most of my time with my wife and children. But of course I do have some favorite spots to visit; I love eating at Flavor 19, The Black Spoon, catching a movie from time to time at the Cineplex. Honestly, I enjoy what I do but I love seeing my wife and kids at the end of the day!
Thank you so much Tim for taking the time to learn about your local business. What a fabulous venture!