A new business owned by Matt Hrynkiw and his father Syl has taken over the building which was previously the home of Homestead Glass & Lock on Main Street.
Matt, who operates the business, said Homestead 20-20, which officially opened on January 2, 2020, will be offering key cutting, glass cutting and locksmithing services. Also available are paint supplies and window and door sales.
Matt said the availability of the building and the needs of customers in Canora and the surrounding area were key factors in starting up the new operation.
“The Canora area needed a new locksmith and I also enjoy working with glass cutting, locksmithing and other aspects of the business,” he said.
It appears as though the new business can expect to be busy, since Matt was already out on a service call to help with a door issue on the day of the official opening.
He grew up on the family farm, and like many Canora-area youngsters, was interested in sports. His employment experience includes framing, building grain bins and installing grain bin monitoring systems, all of which he expects to serve him well in operating the new business.
Matt’s father Syl said he is officially retired, but he is definitely supportive of his son in the new business venture.
In addition to farming, Syl worked 38 years for CN rail and owns laundromat and housing rental businesses.
The partners say they are “looking forward to re-establishing the clientele served by the previous owners.”
They have one employee, Sue Checkowy, who worked for the previous owners for over eight years, which provides welcome continuity.
Matt said he’s always on the lookout for new components to add to the business, and hopes to include solar power sales and installation as it becomes more affordable.