The story begins in the early 30’s when our Granny, Betty Anderson, came to Fort Frances with her 2 young children, Ron and Margaret (Peg), to begin a new life. During those difficult times Granny made a living as a seamstress, dreaming of one day owning her own shop.
One day, her dream became reality when she bought a small inventory of ribbons and lace, from Mrs Stethem. She started her very own, ‘Betty’s Hat Shop’. The first morning, there were no sales, but by afternoon she had made 10 cents and the store has continued to grow from that moment.
As business began to improve and inventory swelled, our mother and father, Ron and Elaine entered into a partnership with Granny. With the keen accounting and organizational skills of Elaine along with the drive and business-savvy of Ron, the business really began to flourish. Soon it grew into the store that you see today with the 3rd generation of Anderson's at the helm, Blair and Doug.
Looking back we can remember the long days… going to the store right after school to help out, carrying the huge hat boxes, and getting home and eating dinner much later than most families. Our house was always filled with talk of the store. Many of the memories can be found with a visit to Doug’s blog Growing Up In A Pink Store.