Meet Thomas & Brenda Gardener
Thomas and Brenda Gardener would not trade their small town life for city living. They firmly believe that Mackenzie has afforded them more opportunities than a city could have. They also know that the success of the business has been due to the amazing support of the people who call Mackenzie home.
The Gardeners, originally from Vanderhoof, moved to Mackenzie in 2010. Within a year and a half, Thomas, a glazier by trade, was bit by the entrepreneurial bug and the Gardeners decided to take the leap and strike out on their own. They opened their shop in March of 2012. These days Thomas does most of the glass work (although Brenda has learned a lot about glass and pitches in in the shop when Thomas needs a hand) and Brenda works the front of the store. Owning and operating their own business has been more work than they ever imagined, but has also been balanced out by the rewards, which aren’t necessarily monetary ones. “We get to make our own decisions,” says Brenda, and they also get to make the call on whether a job is done right or not. “We are very particular about how work is completed. ‘Good enough’ is not good enough for us. It’s done right.”
Despite the constant work, Thomas and Brenda manage to find time to enjoy regular outdoor recreation, mostly thanks to their two dogs. “Our entire free time revolves around them,” Brenda says with a laugh. They go out walking or swimming with the dogs or they work in the garden in the summer time. The dogs are even a bit like staff, since they come to the shop just about every day. Their customers have come to expect seeing them there, and many people stop in just to say hi to the dogs.
Qualified. Honest. Caring.
Northern Glass is a full-service glass shop offering automotive, commercial, industrial and residential glass repair and replacement and custom cut glass and mirror. Northern Glass is an ICBC accredited Glass Express shop, accepting ICBC and private insurance glass claims. Qualified technicians and modern equipment allow Northern Glass to provide a diverse range of glass services, including automotive glass replacement, rock chip repairs, Aquapel rain repellent application, residential sealed unit replacement and custom cut plexi glass and lexan. Northern Glass also provides custom window screens and residential and commercial window and door parts. It stocks a diverse supply of retail products inside the shop for home and auto, like glass cleaner and windshield wiper blades.
Northern Glass is a member of the Mackenzie Chamber of Commerce. It was a 2014 nominee for the Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award.
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