Get to Know Your Local Business Owners

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At Refined, we recognize the importance of local businesses in our community. They are the engine that makes our economy run — employing people, taking risks, meeting market needs, and supporting important causes. So often, we only see the business — the storefront, the products, the services — and never really get to know the business owner behind the scenes making everything happen. Refined is proud to profile a series of business owners who are winning at their game, and help you get to know them better with some personal and fun questions. 

Meet Marlowe Fontaine, Castle Furniture, Regina

Where did you grow up/what schools did you attend? I grew up in Regina and attended Thom Collegiate

What led you into this business/career? I started working in my Dad’s business when I was 13 years old cleaning floors. Later, I got involved in warehouse work, furniture delivery, service, sales, purchasing, advertising and management.

What do you love most about your business? Meeting people and helping them furnish their homes! I also love the work environment because furniture is constantly changing and there are always new and exciting things to unwrap and sell.

What is your most important characteristic? I am trustworthy, fair and hardworking.

How do you support the community/social causes? I support local charities and non-profit organizations like Salvation Army, Canadian Diabetes, Regina Christian School and the Compass Church.

What do you value in your friends? What I value in my friends is their humility, encouragement and unconditional love and support.

Who is the living person that you admire most? Gaylene, the love of my life! We have been married for 31 years and she has been faithful, supportive and forgiving!

What one piece of advice would you give your younger self? Don’t be so worried about what others think of you.

Let’s talk favourites:

Vacation - Family Vacation to Cancun with all our children, their wives and grandchildren!
BookThe Holy Bible
Movie - Remember the Titans
Song - Known by Tauren Wells
Food - Steak
Dessert - Billy Miner Pie
Vehicle - Mercedes Benz S550
Way to relax - Vacations and my massage chair

What is your motto? To treat others the way I would like to be treated.

What talent would you like to have? To be able to speak Spanish or French.

What would your friends say are your best/worst traits? Best is forgiving; worst is too critical.

When did you make a difference? When I accepted Jesus Christ as Lord of my life and received his free gift of forgiveness and eternal life!

What brings you joy? Spending time with family and especially my grandchildren!

How did you know you were on the right path? I know I am on the right path because I enjoy the business and what I do. I enjoy the competitive nature of it and that it’s constantly changing and because I can’t see myself doing anything else.

Do you ever consider closing your doors? What business advice would you give to others? No, surround yourself with great people!