Meet Larry Tessier, owner of Busy Bee Cleaners, Regina

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At Refined, we recognize the importance of local businesses in our community. We often only see the business storefront, products and services, and never get to know the business owner behind the scenes. Refined is proud to profile Larry Tessier, owner of Busy Bee Cleaners in Regina, and help you get to know him better with some personal and fun questions.

Where did you grow up/which schools did you attend? I was born and raised in Regina, and attended St Matthew Elementary and Campion High School. I briefly flirted with university at the U of R and U of S.

What led you into this business/career? I’m from a long line of businesspeople and there was always business talk at the dinner table. When an opportunity came up in the family dry cleaning business, I knew that this was a good opening.

What do you love most about your business? I am a businessperson first and a dry cleaner second. The skills and experience I have gained over the last 36 years in business would work in many businesses, and I could be successful working in many.

What is your most important characteristic? It is integrity and my sincere desire to treat everyone with respect. When I look in a mirror, I need to be okay with what I see.

How do you support the community/social causes? I’ve recently become more active in my local church and somewhat generous when it comes to giving. Every Tuesday at lunchtime, I wash dishes at a soup kitchen called the Marian Center. That keeps me grounded.

What do you value in your friends? The most important is loyalty. Other things like reliability and a sense of humour are just extras.

Who is the living person that you admire most? This is a tough one for me because I don’t put very many people on a pedestal. I’ve been quite impressed with Craig Kielburger. He proves that just one person can really make a difference.

What one piece of advice would you give your younger self? Always conduct yourself with grace.

Let’s talk favourites:

Vacation - Anywhere in Europe.

Book - The Art of Racing in the Rain


Song - Colibri by Indigo Joseph

Food - Anything Italian.

Dessert – I don’t care.

Vehicle - I’m driving my 5th Volvo. I like the way they are designed.

Way to relax - I enjoy watching sports.

What is your motto? Everyone has a right to be happy!

What talent would you like to have? I would love to play an instrument. I may try learning one in retirement (whenever that is).

What would your friends say are your best/worst traits?  My best trait is being reliable. My worst trait is I work too much and don’t share my time enough.

When did you make a difference? I paid the university tuition for three nephews who couldn’t get a loan.

What brings you joy? Watching friends and family members succeed.

How did you know you were on the right path? In September 1996, we moved to our current location. In the next 12 months, we almost doubled our sales. That was when I started to be confident that I had something good going on.

Do you ever consider closing your doors? What business advice would you give to others?

Never, but there were definitely some difficult times. As for advice, just work hard, be patient and always do the right thing, especially when it is difficult.