Life’s best events often come with a dash of serendipity – certainly true for the new owners of White Rock’s GS & Company
Longtime customer Keith Evans was browsing the furniture store and art gallery when a chance conversation with then-owner Gary Patterson sparked an idea. Patterson was considering retirement and Evans was reluctant to see the store leave the neighbourhood.
Calling a “team meeting” with wife Pat and daughter Lizzie, he posed the question: “What do we think of this as a family business?”
Conveniently located in the Semiahmoo Shopping Centre, GS & Company specializes in quality home furnishings, original West Coast art, and custom framing services. They also welcome sister company Kimberly Coles, a stylish home accessories store, into GS & Company, offering shoppers a complete home decor experience.
“We have many customers who first shopped with GS & Company 28 years ago and remain customers to this day,” Keith says.
The family officially took the helm Sept. 1 and are thrilled to continue serving the many customers who’ve come to count on both the store and design expertise of long time staff – Janine, Dianne and Jenny. “We are so fortunate to have them,” Lizzie notes. “As newcomers to retail, we rely heavily on their experience.”
The expertise of framers Ilda and Son, working from the nearby framing studio, is also invaluable. While many smaller galleries send out artwork to be framed, having their own in-house framing professionals offers clients valuable peace-of-mind, Keith notes. “Start to finish, everything is handled by our staff – we take pride in taking care of the pieces you’re proud of.”
It’s that commitment to customer care that Keith, Pat and Lizzie have appreciated in GS & Company all these years, and what they continue to provide customers today – quality artwork, furnishings and accessories, presented in an accessible, welcoming setting. Here, customers are invited to browse inviting vignettes, accented with original paintings, giclées, limited-edition prints and sculptures, many by local artists. “Pat and I have been art collectors for more than 30 years, and the majority of our collection is West Coast art, so we have a true appreciation for it.”
Gary Patterson is thrilled to see GS & Company continue as a family business, serving the local community.
“It couldn’t be in better hands,” he says. “I couldn’t be happier to have Keith and Pat and especially Lizzie at the helm and ensuring the continuity of the brand and the customer service.”