The Story of Beau Photo...
|How Beau began...|
Once upon a time, a group of photo-inclined gentlemen got together over a few beer and thus Beau Photo Supplies was born. Well, not quite so easy....more like...
A photographic wholesale company in Vancouver named York Photo was going into receivership, at which point our four heroes named (this part is important) B-ennett, E-ddie, A-ngie, and U-lbe decided to take over the situation and thus, in 1982, B-E-A-U (check the name thing again) Photo was born. Angie was left to hold down the fort with 2 part-timers in its original location on the 1700 block of West 3rd Avenue. In a few months, the 4 partners took on a 5th and the full-time staff doubled with the addition of Gord Lovell. Needless to say, the humour more than tripled! Although the company specialized mainly in soft goods such as albums, folders, frames and Polaroid, the equipment end was always expanding. At one point, you could also buy honey for your toast and oil for your car!?! In 1985, Beau Photo moved to its current location at 1520 W.6th Avenue. With Gord's departure in 2000, Angie has become the sole owner of the company. Over the years the staff of 2 has grown to 12 and the selection of products continues to increase rapidly. Beau Photo still carries all the albums, folders, cameras and lighting that you've come to depend on and our extensive digital and rental departments continue to keep up with the latest in the industry to keep you shooting! Our quirky, yet knowledgeable staff is here to help you. Give us a call!
|A Friend's Passing.
It saddens us to inform you of the passing of a good friend and very special person, Gordon Lovell. One of Beau Photo's early partners, Gordie's dedication to customer service was instrumental in building Beau Photo into the business it is today. Many of you will also remember Gord's wonderful sense of humour. As you know, he had a joke for any occasion (including a series on meeting St. Peter at the Pearly Gates, for which he now might have some explaining to do). You may not have known that Gord was a star player and team captain for the Winnipeg Blackhawks Junior Hockey team. Always happy, jovial and professional, Gord will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by all who had the opportunity to know him. Gordie passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Sunday, August 15th, 2004.
|The Story Cleo of the Beau Web Page Cat.
Cleo is the cat that for a long time had been looking out at you intently from our Beau website as only a cat can do. She was born somewhere in the town of Quesnel around February 1992 and landed herself in the Quesnel SPCA before she was even six months old. Luckily for her, Kathy from the rental department was working there at the time and couldn't resist that kitten face of hers, and one day Cleo found herself home on the couch with a bowl full of food. Over the years she moved more than some people, going back and forth between Quesnel and Vancouver before settling on a nice little place in the big city, quite a move up for a small town cat. Cleo saw many cats come and go, the others eventually finding homes of their own, leaving her to rule the house and the people laps, which is just the way she liked it. She liked to wander outside and check out the various yards she lived in, sharing with horses, dogs, squirrels, skunks, and racoons, though she was always careful to stay well out of the way of any offending skunk odour. Unfortunately for Kathy, she never learned to chase the squirrels out of the vegetable garden. Cleo was very smart and could out-fetch any dog, her favorite toy being the plastic rings from juice containers. She would also spend many hours on laps, or any other human body part she could lie on comfortably and would sit on you whenever possible. She didn't like laptop computers at all, too much competition for her - though they were nice and warm when she sat on the keyboard... Cleo passed away at home in December 2008 after fighting mammary gland cancer for two years. She was well looked after by her vet friends at Yaletown Pet Hospital and she thought Roxanne was the best vet ever. Kathy says Cleo was the best cat ever.
Here is a funny series of drawings by our Beau Photo Staff.
When requesting rental equipment, it is customary for a staff member to draw a picture with the rental request as a form of payment. It has
made for some entertaining pictures.