Driven by intense passion and endless creativity

Clearwater’s Women in Business
Jessica Easson and Kris Olson - Wild Flour Cafe
Robin Hulke - The Grooming Shop
Angela Reiter - Double R Pizza
Deanna Wood - Ask Dee Florals
Valerie Morhart - Blinds & More to Your Door
Florence Amundson - Mystic Dreams
Michelle Leins - Pharmasave
Tammy Rutsatz – District of Clearwater
Stefanie Poisson - District of Clearwater

Kris Olson – Wild Flour Café

Kris started baking for the farmers market shortly after moving home to start a family. She was happy with her bustling market stall selling sour dough breads and baked goods, but knew that if the right location became available for a café/shopfront that it would be impossible to say no. In the spring of 2019 Kris was told the likelihood was high, and within the next couple of days a new friend Jessica Easson messaged her to say she was moving to Clearwater, and if she knew of any available jobs to let her know.

Kris nearly dropped her phone… the stars had aligned! From all accounts Jess was a seasoned kitchen manager, café queen, chef extraordinare. So they started dreaming and at the end of May the Langwood’s and Kris agreed on tenancy in what used to be O’Bryan’s Corner Café. June was a mad rush to renovate and create menus, Jessica moved to Clearwater, and they opened just before July 2019. It has been a roaring success so far, and both Kris and Jess love what they’re doing – crafting healthy, delicious and creative food for the community they love.

Be sure to stop by the Wild Flour Cafe and try out their delicious menu options and incredible coffee. They’re open Monday to Friday 10am – 3pm. 343 Clearwater Valley Road, Clearwater.

Robin Hulke – The Grooming Shop

Robin was raised in Clearwater on a small hobby farm but moved away after graduating from CSS. After returning 10 years later she married a local boy, bought a home and started a family.

The Grooming Shop is a family business started by Robin’s mom, Lee Chiasson, in 2011. Robin took over from her in 2015 when she retired. She has always loved working with animals and this is now her 5th year in business. Robin trained with her mom for a year as well as receiving her internationally accredited dog and cat grooming certification from JKL Grooming Academy.

The Grooming Shop differs from other grooming facilities in that, in order to put the least amount of stress on the animals, we do not use cages unless completely necessary, nor do we use cage dryers (known to cause stress and overheating). All handling is done with the utmost care and knowledge with exceptional skills relating to difficult dogs, taking time to understand that each animal is an individual with unique needs. Aside from offering bathing, clipping, and shedding out of cats and dogs, we also offer nail trimming on more exotic animals such as birds, lizards and rabbits, and proper ear and nail care.

Robin sponsors the Times “Rescue Pet of the Week” column to help rescue dogs find their forever homes. If your furbaby needs some grooming & TLC give Robin a call on 250-674-8188. #13 Brookfield Mall, Clearwater.

Angela Reiter – Double R Pizza

Angela Reiter, and her husband Craig, are the owners of Double R Pizza & Subs which was opened in July of 2001. Angela has worked in the food service industry since she was 17 years old so she was able to bring knowledge, experience and fresh ideas to the team that has continued to expand and thrive.

She believes that food can truly bring people together and has always enjoyed being able to provide people with meals they love to eat, even people with dietary restrictions. Double R offers menu options that are gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan that the team is constantly expanding on to ensure everyone can have an excellent meal. In addition to her passion for food, Angela has a strong sense of community. She is a director for the Clearwater & District Chamber of Commerce, an annual donor to the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund, regular contributor to several local sports teams and multiple fundraisers throughout the year. Angela is motivated by the progressions in Clearwater and is eager to be part of the evolution.

Call and order you lunch or dinner today on 250-674-2663. 117 Clearwater Station Rd, Clearwater BC. Open 7 days a week 11am – 10pm.

Deanna Wood – Ask Dee Florals

Growing up in the small town of Clearwater BC, Dee remembers her Mom caring for beautiful flowers in & around their home. At a very young age she learned how flowers could make any home or person feel connected and happy. Dee is now balancing her blossoming business and raising her three children on an acreage in Clearwater with her husband Luke. She followed her heart (her Mom) and began her lifelong dream of exploring flowers and photography and is very proud to have brought fresh flowers to the Clearwater Community.

Ask Dee Florals started in 2017 and her business continues to grow each year. After Dee completed a Floral diploma she continues to learn and improve everyday. She has had one-on-one training with her amazing mentor Paul Jaris, an instructor with AIFD, as well as training with United Floral in Vancouver and Florist Supply in Kelowna. Her goal is to continue to grow creatively as her business grows.

Ask Dee Florals supplies & delivers fresh cut flowers to the Clearwater & North Thompson area daily. Dee is currently taking daily custom floral arrangements orders for delivery for all occasions. Such as New Years, Valentines Day, Easter, Mothers Day, Graduation, Weddings, Thanksgiving, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Christmas, Hanukkah, or just because! She can also help with solemn occasions.

Contact Dee by phone, Facebook, Instagram, email or check out her website for more details. 250-674-8259, info.askdee@gmail.com, www.askdee.ca

Valerie Morhart – Blinds & More to Your Door

Valerie has more than 20 years of experience in drapery, window fashions and custom window treatments. She has been running her business within Clearwater for nine years, serving the North Thompson corridor and beyond.

Starting out as the head of drapery at Woodwards in 1979, Valerie has worked for a range of businesses such as Benjamin Moore, Certified and many more. She has clients throughout Clearwater and Barriere and works on both residential and commercial projects. She offers free in-home consultations and estimates for customer window treatments and blinds.

Shopping local is important to Valerie and she provides a competitive line of all styles of blinds that are manufactured right here in British Columbia. She also supports many local fundraisers through her volunteer work with the Beta Sigma Phi not-for-profit group.

Our very own adventurer, Valerie plans to hike to the Mount Everest base camp, so she will be in and out of Wi-Fi service until April 20. You can still send her an email requesting information on her products and services, so feel free to contact her at blindsandmore.ca@gmail.com or call 250-674-1543.

Florence Amundson – Mystic Dreams

Florence Amundson owns and operates Mystic Dreams a unique little store at 249 Glen Road.

Originally the store was located in Kamloops, but when Flo met Luc Paradis it was love at first sight and Flo moved to Clearwater.

Flo soon opened the Clearwater location. Five years later she fell in love with the community and now sits on the Chamber of Commerce board of directors and continues to be grateful to the town and area for allowing her to do what she loves and to be with who she loves.

Mystic Dreams has changed to suit the needs of the community. Flo tries to accommodate a little bit of everything from kids toonie bin toys to stained glass lamps, giftware, greeting cards, clothes, jewellery, home decor, seasonal items and now antiques. For birthdays or any gift giving occasion, stop by and check out Mystic Dreams where there is always a ‘ring for a hug’ bell at the front counter. Don’t be afraid to use it. Winter hours Tues – Sat • 10am- 5:30pm Come celebrate Women’s Day March 8th with the 4th Annual Fashion Show.

Michelle Leins – Pharmasave

Michelle D. Leins is the sole owner and pharmacist of the Clearwater Pharmasave.

Michelle attended EKCC for one year then graduated from UBC in 1989 with Bio-Chemistry. In 1991 she graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy.

After working in Clearwater for a couple of years Michelle bought into a partnership with Greg Philips in 1995. Michelle took over full ownership in 1998.

In 2015 Michelle built a beautiful new store in a new location offering her loyal patrons new selections and expert advice. Michelle continues to contribute and support the community in many ways.

Michelle has two children and cares for her parents as well. She also has a hobby farm as her love for animals cannot be denied.

“This lady never sleeps and we are grateful to have her in our community.”

Stefanie Poisson – District of Clearwater

Stefanie has worked for the District of Clearwater for six years and is now in the role of Communications/Legislative Assistant. When Stefanie isn’t in the office she volunteers for the Clearwater Fire Department. A multi-talented women who wears many hats, Stefanie is a loving wife and mother, works 4 days a week at the district office and still makes time to volunteer. She encourages all women to get involved and make time to volunteer for causes they believe in.

Tammy Rutsatz – District of Clearwater

Tammy has worked for the District of Clearwater office since 2005 and is coming up for her 15 year anniversary in May! Her role within the district office is the Financial Accounting Supervisor. She makes sure that key areas such as payroll, utilities and tax clerk roles are completed in a timely manner. Tammy is a hard worker and over her time with the district office has continued her education and upskilled with courses to further her career. When Tammy isn’t at work she is a family caregiver, an accomplished painter and animal lover.

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