Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Why Blog About Umbrellas?

Why not? I’m in Vancouver after all. We get a lot of rain and there are lots and lots of umbrellas here. But there’s more to it than that.

Umbrellas make up a big part of the lives of several of my family members. Two of my kids (Scott and Michelle) manage The Umbrella Shop here in Vancouver. They work for Corry and Glen Flader, a brother and sister who are carrying on a tradition started by their grandfather. While they have a few retail locations in the city, my kids work out of the factory and main store at Broadway and Spruce.

Yes, that’s right. They actually make and repair umbrellas right here in Vancouver! That’s pretty cool. And now their older brother’s wife, Charlotte, is also working there. It’s become a real family affair.

I have to admit I didn’t know much about umbrellas beforehand. And I still don’t know nearly as much as my kids do, but I’m learning. It’s really pretty interesting and there’s so much variety in umbrellas that there’s no excuse for hanging onto that old black one with the broken rib any longer!

Come and hang out with me while I brag about my kids, excuse me, I mean “while I explore the fascinating world of umbrellas”.

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