I was one of about 20 people waiting when the door opened at 9 Monday
morning to the new Saskatoon Lee Valley store. Robin was mingling in
the crowd, and as much as I wanted to I made an effort not to use up
too much of his time. Coffee was hot and fresh, and TimBits were
The store is gorgeous. I didn't take a camera, much to my regret, but
the staff were popping flashes everywhere.
By the time I left, 45 minutes later, I'm guessing there were 150
Lots of stuff on the sale table, and everyone had their 10% off coupon
in hand. I bought a few things off the sale table, and three of the B&D
pirahna saw blades at $3.50 CAD each and the Veritas MKII honing jig
(which I haven't used yet... Heading down to the shop shortly to do
Today, Robin Lee graciously came by the Western Producer for a tour of
our publishing operation and the print operation.
Rob, plug your ears, I'm going to embarass you now.
Mr Lee is one of the most pleasant, witty, insightful, intelligent men
it has ever been my honor (honour) to meet. He is soft-spoken, with a
terrific smile and great sense of humor (humour). I can honestly say I
have not enjoyed giving anyone a tour of our company as much as I
enjoyed showing off to Robin Lee. The other thing that came across from
Robin was how damned proud he is of his company and his employees, and
Okay, Rob. You can unplug them now. ;-)
I had great fun, yesterday at the store, and today with Robin. Lee
Valley is a wonderful addition to our city, and I look forward to many
happy shopping trips.
Also, I'm told, yesterday the Toontown store outsold Edmonton *and*
and the staff were almost tired of hearing "Thank
God! I don't have to drive five to seven hours to shop at Lee Valley
No gloat here. Just my hearty congratulations to everyone at Lee
Valley, and a great big "Thanks, Robin!"
Life. Nature's way of keeping meat fresh. -- Dr. Who