People wanting to recapture the feeling of summer had a chance on Friday, Oct. 21 as Jensen Interiors hosted a barbecue by donation at their downtown warehouse.
The event was a way for the company to introduce itself to the community, as well as show that they are ready to pitch in to help the town and area.
People were encouraged to donate or bring in non-perishable food, all of which were donated to the Stettler and District Food Bank Society.
Jensen Interiors is the offshoot of Big Valley’s Jensen Contract Flooring (JCF), which opened 18 years ago, Paul Jensen explained. Jensen works with JCF, but came to support Jensen Interiors.
Big Valley’s JCF handles big projects, like major stores, hospital and institutional projects and more, Jensen added.
The new company has a showroom next to Source for Sports and a warehouse on Highway 56, just across from the Town of Stettler and Clearview Public Schools building.
Jensen Interiors was spun off as its own company to handle smaller jobs, from home kitchens and bathrooms, to smaller institutions or commercial projects.
The business was fully up and running in Stettler in February of this year, Jensen said.
For the past month-and-a-half, staff at Jensen Interiors have been talking about how to introduce themselves to the public.
“(We have) been talking about doing it,” Mark Levers, manager of Jensen Interiors said. “We wanted to help a local charity, and the food bank seemed to be the best bet.”
One of Jensen Interiors’ main suppliers, Cloverdale Paint, got on board with the barbecue, putting together a raffle prize of $500 in paint. Cloverdale’s Steve Duggan made the trip from Edmonton to Stettler for the day.
“This is great,” he said. “They had a ton of people here.”
Though the business had more people come during lunch, the event had a steady flow with the business filling a basket full of non-perishable food for the Food Bank.