Posted on July 23, 2014 The Advocate
ALMA – Winmar, a local company based in Alma, will be hosting a summer celebration on Aug. 9 at its shop.
The celebration will include a few other small local businesses: a free barbecue prepared by Gig’s Pizza, children’s activities hosted by Abercrombie Automotive and The Multicultural Association of Pictou County, live music by AJ Leadbetter of Leadbetter Painting and Zumba demonstrations by Kelli Cruickshank.
“We are hosting this event as a way to say thank you to our community for supporting our small business for the past six years,” co-owner Jenny Velchev says.
Jenny and her husband Svilen Velchev opened their company in Pictou County in January 2008. Until then Velchev, who emigrated from Bulgaria in 2000, ran a successful contracting business in Toronto.
“We visited Pictou in 2007 and loved everything about the area, especially the beautiful beaches and the friendliness and kindness of people here,” Velchev said.
The couple moved from Toronto and bought the former fire hall from the Alma Fire Department.
They renovated it to make it into its shop. Since then, they have built their general contracting/restoration business that serves Pictou County. They also travel to Truro, Antigonish and Guysborough.
“We have a skilled, dedicated team of 10 employees who take pride in providing excellent service to the community,” she said.
Winmar is a nationwide restoration franchise with more than 80 locations coast to coast.
Theirs was the second location in Nova Scotia to open, and now there are six locations operating across the province.