Meet Marie Knell
For Marie Knell, Prince George offers a harmonious balance between city and country. A country girl at heart, Marie appreciates that she is able to live in the “country” yet still be able to access all of the amenities of a city with just a few minutes’ drive. Situated in such a spectacular natural location, Prince George has managed to provide a vast array of services and shopping options while incorporating nature and outdoor recreation into its design. “We have so many local parks and lakes to enjoy here,” Marie notes, like McMillan Park, one of her favourites. As an outdoors lover, she enjoys spending time outdoors, particularly in the summer, often going camping.
Marie has been an entrepreneur for much of her working life. As a creative person, owning a gift shop fulfills several of her passions. One is coming into contact with a variety of different people. “I love meeting new people that I can learn from or get inspired by,” says Marie. Many of Marie’s customers over the years have become friends. Marie also likes to decorate, and she gets plenty of opportunities to exercise that hobby in her store, particularly with her storefront. It is transformed into a country island cottage in summer and a warm, cozy cabin in winter. Most of all, being her own boss gives her flexibility and a sense of control. “I love to be in control of my own destiny and I love multitasking and always doing new things.”
When Marie isn’t in her shop, she’s often spending time working on some type of project, like making new candles for the store. She enjoys spending as much time as she can with friends and family. A fitness fan, she also hangs out at the gym regularly. Marie is grateful that Prince George has so much to offer, and she is excited about the potential for future growth and business success.
Inviting. Inspiring. Therapy.
Step inside The Painted Shed Gifts and Decor and you’ll feel inspired to decorate. This quaint and charming 1913 farmhouse is filled with warm and delightful gifts for the home, cabin and garden.Take in the aroma of tantalizing teas and the scents of hand-made candles that sometimes smell like fresh baking. The Painted Shed Gifts and Decor carries a vast array of contemporary and traditional decor and gifts, many which are locally or Canadian-made. Guests will find refurbished antiques and furniture, braided rugs, linens, pictures, picture frames, bath and body products, shelving and crates. Guests will also find an enticing selection of gourmet and specialty foods and gift baskets. Choose a ready-made basket or order a customized basket for someone special. Relax and savour a little bit of country when you visit The Painted Shed Gifts and Decor.
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