Who are we?

Who are we?

Who are we???  Some of you may know the owners of Perks and some of you may not, we are Ken Turlock and Shantelle Lewis. This blog post has been a hard one for me to write, I've  been jumping back and fourth changing words for the last 2 month; where do you start how far do you go back, and writing about yourself is not an easy task, so here it goes....

When we started Perks we had no background in coffee whatsoever, except for the fact that it ran through Ken's veins.  We have both been self-employed since 2001 when we started a renovation company, from renovations we moved on to finishing carpentry in new homes; we had seen the good the bad and the ugly in new home construction and decided that it was time to build our own houses that were built to last. It has always been a dream of Ken's to build houses, someone is putting their hard earned money into their house and it should be built to last.  Ken has always had a construction background, it definitely came natural to him; just about anything he did came natural to him.

We started Kassel Homes in 2011, you would think being first time home builders that we would start small and work our way up; boy were you wrong!! Our first show home was built in an executive subdivision just outside of Acheson, we continued to build a couple more houses in there and one in Genesis on the Lakes. After work one night we meet up for dinner at Peter's Pizza, while we were walking to the vehicle we noticed that there were quite a few open spots in the mall that were for lease. You can almost say a light bulb when off in Ken's head, hey let's revisit our coffee shop plan from 2004. After relooking at our plan, talking with the building owner we decided to make the biggest move of our lives so far stepping out of our comfort zone and open up a coffee shop; hey how hard could it be right?? LOL

We must say Perks has definitely grown into something we never dreamed would be this big, it is so exciting to see people walking down the streets with Perks cups in there hands; as well as the continued support of our customers coming back day after day.

Here's a quick back history of us, Shantelle was born and raised in Spruce Grove; this has always been her home. After graduating high school she worked at Superstore for a bit until she got together with Ken and they decided to become self employed. Ken was born and raised in Canmore, he moved back and forth from Canmore and Spruce Grove a few times until he decided to stay put in Spruce Grove. At the age of 13 Ken started working for a Stucco company, from there he helped his dad with his cabinet shop in Spruce Grove and worked at many cabinet shops throughout his young life. Ken and Shantelle have been together for 17 years, though all the ups and downs, it seems that whatever they put there minds to seem to always pan out; all it takes is hard work and determination; nothing comes easy. From late nights catching winks in the vehicle to early mornings on jobs sites they made there dreams come true.

We now have 3 locations and are ready to open up our 4th store. We still have Kassel homes in hopes that one day we will continue to build houses once again. In the mean time we are continuing to grow Perks and balance spending as much time as we can with our three children as they grow up so fast. 

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Greatfulness

Well today is the day that we decided to start "blogging", please be patient with us as we are first time bloggers ;)

Today, January 31, 2018 is the day that we close down one store in Sherwood Park and work on opening another one in the near future. We are grateful for ALL the support that we have received from our community as well as everyone we have met along our journey. We would not have gotten this far if it was not for all of you!!! We are also grateful for our employees (that you show up for your shifts so we are not here all the time) and all the hard work that you put into your job, you are the face of Perks; keep up the great work. Family, if it was not for the help of Laurie in the kitchen and Joe on weekends and evenings whenever we ask him we do not know how we could have gotten by this far without you guys, THANK YOU!!  Last but not least our children, we are grateful that you have as much patience with us as you can when we get called in to fill in for shifts because no one else can make it in, or have to go run for groceries; Double Decker Bus events on the weekends; the early mornings making sure the store is open and that catering gets out on time; late school nights closing down the store, the missed skiing trips, the missed family time days; missed camping trips or shortened camping trips, but no matter what we are always all together through all those "missed" events. We are grateful for all the events that we did not miss like school plays, volunteering for class trips, Birthday's, family get away's that we can take because we do have great staff member's that take care of Perks like its there own. spending time with them teaching them how to work till and make drinks in the bus, staying home with them on sick days, being a stay at work mom with Paige. My hopes for our children is that they see all the blood, sweat and tears that we put into our business and learn that we did all this for them; for them to see what it is like being self-employees and that all you need to do is put your heart into it and you can do anything and that no matter what we love you and we always will. Never stop dreaming, never stop living; just take it day by day :)

And be grateful for everyone that you meet in your life. 

 Our Children : )

Our Children : )