TERRY and CAROL FRAME always knew they preferred having people over to going out, so they decided to make a retirement business out of being social at home. After working as a transmission line Construction Superintendent throughout BC, followed by a municipal stint overseeing sewer and water lines in the Okanagan, Terry decided to start a hospitality focused small business in their spacious Armstrong house.
“We thought we’d give it a try and see if we liked it,” he says, referring to their Bed & Breakfast venture.
Carol, a long-time registered nurse in Enderby, joined him in the day-to-day running of the business a few years later. Now, 12 years into operating Schubert Bed & Breakfast Estates on 3.8 hectares of land on Schubert Street in Armstrong, they both say there is always something that keeps them motivated to carry on.
“We like our home and we like meeting people,” they agree, telling an anecdote about a young globetrotting couple from India, who, on leaving after a week, hugged them and said, “It was just like being at Grandma and Grandpa’s house!”
JANE CLAYTON lived much of her working life in different areas of Vancouver’s early innovative film world. She was engaged in various roles in the city’s original independent film theatres and emerging film festivals. These experiences opened the doors for her to move to Coal Harbour’s PAL (Performing Arts Lodge, a residence for people who had been active in the professional arts and related industries).
“There’s creativity behind every door,” she says. With that impetus and support, Jane and fellow resident and singer/songwriter Judy Ginn Walchuk collaborated on a writing project that took on a life of its own – to their surprise – and became a hit play.
Comfort Cottages is a hilariously funny story about the ageing process. It became the No. 1 grossing production in PAL’s 11-year history.
In the meantime, Jane has also written an empathic and somewhat edgy manual, initially intended for her nieces, and titled I’m Dead, Deal with It, that aims to ease the pain and support the process of loss for those left behind.