Meet Laurie Wall, owner of Wallnuts Expressive Catering
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 owners behind the scenes. Refined is proud to profile two business owners who are winning at their game, and help you get to know them better with some personal and fun questions.
Where did you grow up/which schools did you attend? I grew up on the Shepherd farm 6.5 miles north of Alameda and attended high school in Oxbow, SK. I studied journalism at Simon Fraser University in BC and advertising at the University of Regina. My professional training includes Traditional Butchery & Charcuterie at the Italian Culinary Institute, Calabria, Italy, as well as Traditional Raw Milk Cheese Making at the David Asher School of Cheese Making, Cortes Island, BC.
What led you into this business/career? Catering gives me a little bit of everything. I love a little bit party, a little gardening, creating, learning, travel... and a lot of seeing people happy.
What do you love most about your business? I love that every day brings me absolute joy. I have the best time working at the shop.
What is your most important characteristic? I really love learning. My quest for knowledge knows no bounds.
How do you support the community/social causes? I always try to shop local and attend as many local events as possible. I donate food and service to various organizations. Our "CAKE FOR A CAUSE" initiative has helped countless groups raise much needed funds in support of their cause.
What do you value in your friends? My friends are business professionals, so being able to hash out ideas and get genuine feedback is really important... tantalizing conversations that get my mind going! Being able to be myself without judgement is cool, too.
Who is the living person that you admire most? My parents. They're an entity as one.
What one piece of advice would you give your younger self? Get a good education. Trust your instincts and believe you can do anything you want... because you can.
Let’s talk favourites:
Vacation - Istanbul
Book - The 5 a.m. Club
Movie - Love Actually
Song - Beautiful dreamer
Food - Anything my mother makes.
Dessert - Peach pie
Vehicle - Bicycle
Way to relax - I don't relax... maybe one day.
What is your motto? Work hard and make a lot of memories.
What talent would you like to have? I'd like to perform magic tricks like a pro.
What would your friends say are your best/worst traits? My best is a sense of humour and generosity. My worst is my mouth works faster than my brain!
When did you make a difference? I'd like to think I make a difference every day that I try my best.
What brings you joy? Hanging out with my sons and anytime spent with my parents. At the end of a really long day, when I know I've nailed an event... sheer bliss.
How did you know you were on the right path? When I was nominated by a client, whom I had no personal relationship with, for a Regina & District Paragon award for Best New Business Venture. I realized then I was on the right path.
Do you ever consider closing your doors? What business advice would you give to others?
Early on, in fleeting moments, the thought had crossed my mind to close, but now, Wallnuts isn't what I do, it's who I am. Business advice? Don't be fooled into thinking you'll find the elusive “balance” between the business and everything else, but if you've got the true entrepreneurial spirit in you, running a successful business is pure gold.