27 5 / 2012
Thirteen years ago in 1999 when I was 29 (ok, do the math…) Turbine was a thriving business in Calgary with a 3rd store opening, a design & production studio (with seamless walls for in-house photo-shoots!), and I had a gig as industry expert on an international TV show. I had just been listed on Western Living Magazine’s prestigious “Top Designers List” and had developed a loyal following in just over a year of launching my own independent label. Life was so busy with new opportunities at every turn. During those crazy early months, our kids, Sam-6, Sarah-18 months, were being dressed each morning and tucked in each night by our wonderful nanny, Anke. The trouble with it was that my life lacked balance. Too much, too soon….
In an effort to re-prioritize, Carey & I felt it was best to move our family out of the concrete-jungle to rural Nova Scotia to enjoy forts in old apple trees, visits to the lake, and pet-ownership. This is when the transition of the Turbine mini-empire and the Drader-Murphy family to the Annapolis Valley occurred.
We started by keeping things close to home by purchasing a 4 acre orchard in Falmouth and rezoning and renovating the barn on the property as the Turbine Studio. It began as the production/showroom entertaining clients and shopping parties for numerous groups and supplying a growing list of wholesale accounts. A few years later we added the Turbine Cafe. The goal was to start opening stores again after transition year 10.
In Dec. 2008 the retail operation at the Studio moved and the Turbine Boutique at Bishop’s Landing opened, doubling in size a year later, opening doors for opportunities. I traveled with the Turbine collection to the celebrity gift suites at TIFF, The Golden Globes, and the Cannes Film Festival and sourced fabric in France and Vienna. I traveled alone to India where the Turbine Fund provided healthy biscuits and scholarships to women and children in the villages.
To meet the demand of the waterfront store, the production equipment took over the studio. Now after catching up to fulfill the demand at the Turbine Boutique we are able to expand our production and provide our full product and service offering again in Falmouth. We’ve renovated and are reopening the Turbine Studio to the public, fully stocked with our entire collection of clothing, accessories, cosmetics, and shoes!
We’re so excited to be coming full circle and publicly opening our Turbine Studio during our Grand RE-Opening Celebration! All are invited to join us on Friday June 1st at 7pm at 1901 Highway 1, Falmouth. (Take Exit 7 on the 101 and turn right at the 3-way intersection. We’re directly across from Pothier Motors.) We have some exciting surprises and will be making an announcement…. It’s going to be quite a party!
Lisa & the Turbine Team