How far would you go to escape the rat race of a busy life and what would you do when you got there?
For Angusville’s newest business owners, James and Caroline Hewson, the answer caught them by surprise. “We never expected to move 6,400 kilometres and open a garage/tire shop,” said Caroline. “The plan was to farm sheep and have a quiet life enjoying our new home and all the amazing friends we have made!”
However, the couple (originally from Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland) has modified that plan since moving to Angusville in September 2011. While they have indeed, left an overcrowded Britain behind to enjoy a better lifestyle in rural Manitoba, this lifestyle now includes mechanics and business in addition to farming.
The grand opening of their automotive repair shop, Hewson’s Enterprises Inc. was attended by 150 people this summer. Local representatives were on hand for the official ribbon cutting, including: Rural Municipality (RM) of Silver Creek council members Verna Juba (councillor), Barry Wowk (deputy reeve) and Fred Dunn (reeve), along with owner/operators James and Caroline Hewson, and tire technician Greg Mallette.
Backed by 18 years of business experience, Hewson’s Enterprises Inc. is ready to serve the community and outlying areas. Service includes automotive and tire repairs with a 23-year experienced mechanic and a dedicated tire technician on hand to help or answer any questions you may have. Along with on-site repairs, Hewson’s offers on-farm 24/7 callouts including mobile welding.
Originally looking at the former Klym’s Garage in Angusville for their use, the couple came to the conclusion that the building was simply too small for what they wanted to do, which made them explore other options. Shortly after, they were offered the former Murray’s Farm Supplies shop at Shoal Lake that has given them a lot of working space and has the added bonus of looking great next to The Elevator in Angusville, which will continue to serve as a great community landmark.
Renovations to the 100×40-foot shop, moved in early summer, included two new layers of tin added on the outside for protection and waterproofing; full rewiring; addition of fire retardant drywall; new waiting room and washroom; and general interior repairs.
A brand new hoist, tire changer and balancer were also installed.
Hewson said the Angusville and RM of Silver Creek community as a whole has given them the most amazing support and assistance to get going on their business venture located on the western edge of town.
“The community we now call home is friendly, generous and supportive,” said Hewson. “We would like to thank everyone who has helped and supported us — friends, the community and businesses alike.”
From cars to combines, they look forward to serving the area. They can be reached by phone (204) 773-3025, fax (204) 773-3097 or email at [email protected]
Away from the business side of life, the Hewsons farm sheep at home, which is near Silver Beach, along with making and selling hay. They also have a track hoe plus operator that can be hired out. From a village perspective, James is a member of the Angusville Fire Department, and both James and Caroline enjoy helping with any community events.