Debbie, Carl’s wife, is a long-term resident of Haida Gwaii, having spent over 30 years working for the government. Debbie retired in 2013 to spend more time enjoying personal interests and to help Carl with their Crabapple Creek business.
“I love it here,” says Carl of his decision to start his business in Daajing Giids. “There is a natural beauty within our community and people are just friendlier here than those residing in a larger community. I like living in a smaller, quieter place.”
Carl believes that in small town business, your patrons are not just customers, you have real relationships with the people who you serve. He is grateful that everyone is so familiar. “I enjoy doing business in a small town because I know the people,” he admits.
“I like that as an entrepreneur, I am able to be my own boss, says Carl. “You can show your integrity through your actions. I’m really proud that we have such a great business reputation around town. We have many long-term business tenants and recently, and a number of Haida artists have begun accessing our woodworking equipment and services.”
Carl appreciates the easy access to the ocean and the splendid views of the inlet, but admits that he and Debbie do like to get away on occasion. “I feel optimistic about the future of business here,” states Carl. “I have noticed an increasing number of entrepreneurs over the past few years.”
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