I have listed a new property at 72 TUSCARORA CR NW in Calgary.
Open House Sun 1-4. Absolutely stunning family home located on an amazing block close to playground with huge field and the train station is just a short walk away. Over the past couple years the entire home has been updated including a brand new kitchen, appliances and all the flooring. The main floor features the brand new kitchen complete with island and corner pantry, huge living room with corner gas fireplace and dining area that leads out to a great backyard. Upstairs you will have amazing versatility with 3 large bedrooms and a bonus room that can be used as a 4th bedroom. Your master suite is very spacious and has its own ensuite. The carpeting upstairs and downstairs has all been recently changed. The lower level is the perfect space for the kids to play or to make an amazing theatre room. Outside you have a great back yard and large deck making it the perfect outdoor space to entertain. Other recent upgrades include RO system, hot water tank, new front door and all freshly painted. A must see!
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I have listed a new property at 275 EVERSTONE DR SW in Calgary.
Truly an awesome opportunity for a first time home buyer or anyone looking for an amazing Evergreen home. This home is ideally situated steps to the community school, parks, playgrounds and public transportation. You will instantly know that you are in for a treat as soon as you arrive. Opening the front door you are greeted by the perfect main floor for entertaining. The living room features stunning hardwood floors, gas fireplace and custom shelving unit. Your kitchen has fantastic tile floors, quartz countertops, raised eating bar, large pantry and lots of counterspace. The dining area fits perfectly in between kitchen and living room. Upstairs there are 2 master suites both complete with large walk-in closets and 4 piece ensuites. Your lower level is fully finished and features a den and tv area which is the perfect place to spend an evening watching a movie. Outside you have a sunny west facing backyard, huge deck with lots of seating, storage shed and off street parking. The home also has A/C!
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Interview with Shannon Valente, Owner of Shannon Valente Weddings, one of the best Wedding Planning in West Springs Cougar Ridge.
Interview conducted by George Byma


Describe your business.

I own a wedding planning and design studio.
 I offer full wedding planning, wedding day coordination and hourly consulting. Couples hire me if they are looking for someone to help plan their wedding, if they are just looking for some help along the way, or help on the actual day of the wedding. I also provide wedding rentals as well, so if people are looking
 for chair covers and other wedding accessories I can provide them.


Shannon Valente Weddings

What made you decide to open this business?

Part of it was my love of planning a good party. Any job that I have ever done, I always ended up being the “social event coordinator”, whether or not that was the job or not. Also my own wedding played a big role, I just really loved the process. So I got serious with it and took my certification from the Wedding Planners Institute of Canada and started my business. It has grown from there over the years.


Shannon Valente Weddings

What was it like when you first started?

Calgary is a very welcoming city but in the beginning I found it quite intimidating being a newcomer to the business. But once I got a couple of weddings under my belt, people were really receptive. This gave me the confidence
to realize that I was actually quite good at what I was doing and really helped.


Shannon Valente Weddings

What has surprised you most when owning a business?

I think what has surprised me most is all the background work that goes into a business. When you're an entrepreneur, I think 
you end up wearing many hats, you are your own admin, sales, marketing and IT departments. There are so many different day to day tasks that you are required to do in the background to run the business on top of being an expert in your field. Over the years I have learned (the hard way) what to do yourself and what to source out.


Shannon Valente Weddings

What would your customers say they love most about your business?

I have been consistently told that my customer service is exceptional! I come from a customer service/sales background so I think that's definitely helped me over the years. I am often told by wedding guests, clients and their family members things like, 'You did a great job, it was beautiful, it was well run, and you did it all with a smile on your face!"
My attitude is 'you get more bees with honey' and customer service is key.


Shannon Valente Weddings

What’s the most memorable experience you’ve had working with a customer?

I have a lot of very memorable experiences. There are a few specific weddings that certainly stand out. When planning such an important day with people and sometimes working together for over a year or more, you become very close with them. I’m lucky to be involved in such a happy time in their lives.


Shannon Valente Weddings

Do you have any exciting plans for the future that you want customers to know about?

Expansion. Over the years I've had many assistants working with me and I've slowly been building them up. A lot of them have started taking on their own weddings, so there will soon be a bigger Shannon Valente Weddings team and I am really excited about that.


What is something most people don't know about the business?

My business used to be called Frit Fru weddings and I changed it to Shannon Valente Weddings a few years ago.


Who are some of your business idols and role models? And why?

In business my father has been a big role model to me as well as my husband. Both come from a banking background. Their customer service, and dedication to their job and clients, has served me well. I also belong to an amazing group of wedding planners in Calgary who encourage, support and refer each other. Not always common among industries.


What do you like most about being an entrepreneur?

I like the flexibility and rewards that it offers. As many hard days as there are, there's many more great days. With everything you do you get to reap the benefits and see all of your hard work pay off. I’ve worked harder for myself than I ever have for anyone else.


Do you have any advice that you want to share with other entrepreneurs?

Continue learning. I like to take different seminars, classes and courses to improve myself and my business. Establishing a background
in business is useful. You can be great at making something or doing something, but if you don't have the business background to back it up you're going to struggle. The longer I am in business, every course that I take and every seminar that I attend, I learn more from it because I have experience I can relate back to it.


What do you love about this neighbourhood?

I love that it's expanding. I don't have to drive so far to go to a certain grocery store or a coffee shop or to buy a pair of jeans. I have lived in the Cougar Ridge area for 11 years now. When I first moved here, it was a good 20-30 minutes drive for anything you wanted to do. And now it's literally minutes from my doorstep which I am really, really enjoying.


What are your favourite places to go in the neighbourhood?

I love shopping at Apt 22, Frilly Lilly in Aspen Woods to get my nails or eyebrows done and Mama Massage is one of my favorite places, my kids love it too. They are fantastic and their customer service is amazing.


What are your favourite things to do in the neighbourhood?

My son is a really big soccer fan and participates in the local Rangers soccer. My family and I also enjoy going to the local restaurants for dinner.


Why do you think it's important for people to shop local?

I think it's important to shop local because the more you support the local businesses, the more they're going to grow and more is
 going to be offered here. I'm from a small town and I think it's the same mentality. If you don't shop local, then people are going to have to close their doors and then you are not going to have it available when you want or need it. I'm a big believer in keeping things local and as easy as possible.









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Describe your business.

We are a combination coffee shop and diner where we focus on breakfast, really good coffee, and creating an inviting social atmosphere for people to enjoy with their friends, co-workers, or families. Our diverse setting is used widely from hosting business meetings to family friendly moms and kids.


Ace Coffee & Diner

Why did you decide to work here?

I was brought on board early before we opened and I was really excited to be involved with a small local restaurant who wants to make an impact that is family owned, oriented and operated. I wanted to be part of a business who really wants to be a part of their community and who wants to focus on people, whether that be the staff or the customers. I'm a big proponent of taking care of people and so being involved with a place that makes this their focus is really exciting to me.


Ace Coffee & Diner

What has surprised you most while working here?

I've been in the restaurant industry for most of my life and being involved with starting something brand new from the ground up is new and has definitely been very rewarding and interesting. Many times the unknown challenges have turned into the most positive triumphs.


What was it like when you first started?

We have been open now for 3 months and we are steadily interested in finding out what our local customers like and how we can engage with people more to meet their wants and needs. We are still planning our official grand opening that will likely be in March and we will certainly want to engage with the local community when we do. Please keep posted for more details to follow soon.


What do customers say they love most about the business?

Customers love the space and atmosphere. The layout is open and really modern but it still has that cozy diner feel at the same time. Customers love the booths and benches. There are outlets in every seat in the house. Customers love that they can sit and plug in their computer, have a local business meeting or quietly work on a weekday afternoon, or come in with their families on a Saturday morning to enjoy our fantastic breakfast menu.


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Why do you think it's important for people to shop local?

I think it's very important to support a business that is small and independent, that is supporting their local community. It creates a a sense of reciprocity between business owners and builds a positive network based on mutual respect, interests and support.


Ace Coffee & Diner

What do you love about this neighbourhood?

People who don't live in the neighbourhood may think it's out of the way. When you get here you realize how vibrant, thriving, and growing the community is. West Springs is a dynamic mixture of young families, couples and singles. There's so many amazing and unique pubs, restaurants and really cool shops. Everything you need is in this area.


Ace Coffee & Diner

What are your favourite places to go in the neighbourhood?

I like the Vin Room across the way from us and I often look forward to the afternoons I can spend all to myself while enjoying a glass of vino.

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I have sold a property at 52 TARINGTON GR NE in Calgary.
Amazing Home! Amazing Location! Amazing Opportunity! This home is being offer for sale by the original owner and has been exceptionally maintained since day 1. The main floor features a huge front living room complete with corner gas fireplace. Next you will move into the spacious kitchen complete with island and corner pantry. Both the kitchen and dining area take full advantage of the south facing backyard and large windows. Upstairs there are 3 bedrooms and your master has it's own ensuite and large walk-in closet. Your lower level is a true walkout and features a second kitchen, living room and huge bedroom with a cheater ensuite. The south facing backyard is perfect for those beautiful sunny days and the home gets a tremendous amount of natural light. This home is located on a very quiet street and close to public transportation. Book your showing today, you will not be dissapointed!
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I have sold a property at 104 FALMERE WY NE in Calgary.
Excellent opportunity for first time home buyers or an investor looking for a great rental property. The sellers tenant of 9 years has just vacated the home. This home features a great floor plan with a huge living room complete with brick wood burning fireplace. There is also kitchen and dining area perfect for quant family dinners. Upstairs you will find 3 bedroom and bathroom. Your lower level features an office, family room, bathroom and laundry room. Out back you have a garage and plenty of yard space to park an RV. There is also a ton of room for the kids to run and play. This home is also ideally situated close to schools, Co-op and public transit is just a short walk away. This home is worth a look!
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