Small local businesses have always been a cornerstone of community in Hampton and the greater region it serves. For the last 20 years, one of these businesses has brought entertainment, novelties and comfort foods to the community while being a proud community member.
On Monday, July 1st, Five Sons Video and Convenience Ltd. will celebrate their 20th anniversary.
“We opened up July 1st, 1999 across the street (from the current location) in the middle section of the building,” explains Five Sons manager, Jesse Hachey. “I even remember doing some of the demolition work.”
Hachey’s father, Peter, opened the store all those years ago and named it after his five children, all boys. The business is still happily a family affair with Jesse as the manager and plans to one day take it over from his father.
Five Sons is hosting a community event to celebrate the occasion. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Canada Day, there will be a free BBQ for customers in the store’s parking lot. Everyone is welcome to join and enjoy hotdogs, hamburgers, pop, chips and cake as a ‘thank-you’ for the support of the last two decades.
“We’ve always supported the community, whether it be through sports, auctions, benefits for people and the IWK,” Hachey says. “We’ve always stuck with doing things in the community, therefore, being part of the community and being there for the people who have been there for us.”
As part of the celebration, Five Sons is giving away 20 fantastic prizes! The long list of prizes includes everything from TVs to camping gear to a lawn mower and will be drawn at the event.
“You don’t have to be there for the prizes. We have a ballot box at the store. Every time a customer comes in we give them a ballot at the end of the purchase,” explains Hachey. “People have umpteen ballots in there so [if they win] we’ll give them a call.”
Five Sons recognizes their success would not be possible without the support of the community. Although the event is in celebration of their achievements, it’s really to recognize those who have gotten them there.
“The most important part is that we thank our customers for their support in the community,” says Hachey. “And to thank them for supporting small business in the community because without them we wouldn’t be here for 20 years.”
“You can come and go as you’d like,” says Hachey. “It’s nice to stop by, say ‘hi,’ be neighbourly and see if you can win some prizes.”