Meet the Owner of The Bevelled Edge, Lorna Glasser
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 business owner, Lorna Glasser, and help you get to know her better with some personal and fun questions.
Where did you grow up/what schools did you attend? I grew up in a rural area southeast of Regina, attended elementary school in Gray and finished high school at Milestone. I gained a solid foundation in life thanks to the amazing teachers in both towns.
What led you into this business/career? My husband was always involved in business. In 1999, he felt that there was a need for a better countertop service in Regina. He started our business both for us and as an opportunity for our boys, should they want to take it. I was working full time as a medical laboratory technologist at the time, but I helped out for 10 years "doing the books" in my off-hours. In 2011, my husband was forced to retire because of ill health. Because I already had intimate knowledge of the business, I slid into his position when he left. Fortunately, the timing coincided with my ability to access early retirement from the health region.
What do you love most about your business? I love meeting people and the flexibility the business affords me at this stage of my life.
What is your most important characteristic? Attention to detail and meeting deadlines. Being a Virgo with medical training, I think there could be no other way.
How do you support the community/social causes? For many years, we supported initiatives of police and fire charities. I have several old friends who work in those services and I value their work both on the job and in the community.
What do you value in your friends? A caring, giving nature and community spirit.
Who is the living person that you admire most? Outside of my family, I currently admire Prince Harry for stepping out on mental health issues and for taking on indomitable forces that threaten his family.
What one piece of advice would you give your younger self? I would say "You are worthy and you are strong! Don't worry about other people or difficult circumstances."
Let’s talk favourites:
Vacation - European River Cruise
Book - Right now, it is Anne of Green Gables, which I'm reading with my granddaughters
Song - Bridge over Troubled Waters
Food - Homemade soups
Dessert - My mom's berry pies
Vehicle - No favourite
Way to relax - Stretch out in a lovely location and listen to audiobooks
What is your motto? Be good to each other.
What talent would you like to have? Refinishing old furniture.
What would your friends say are your best/worst traits? Always trying to do my best and conversely, nagging others to do their best.
When did you make a difference? One time, I gave a coworker some unsolicited advice about mothers-in-law.
What brings you joy? A happy, healthy family.
How did you know you were on the right path? When I realized that my work gave me great satisfaction and confidence.
Do you ever consider closing your doors? Not anymore, but there were some hard days in the early years. What business advice would you give to others? Do not start a business that is underfunded. Seek out a mentor who can give sage advice. And never give up. “If it was easy, everyone would do it.”
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