In 1986, Peter Howell opened Banbury Lane Design Centre in Calgary, and ever since, the shop has been providing the city and its surrounding area with high-quality ornamental hardware and exceptional service. In the years since it has opened, the shop has gone from being a one-man show to a team of eleven employees, along with a slew of support and technical trades.
Howell ran Banbury Lane with co-owner Lynne Drover before retiring in 2004. Now, a new generation has taken over: Howell’s son Jonathan works alongside Cameron Varner, who will take Drover’s place when she retires. Varner and Jonathan’s main goal is to preserve the core values at Banbury while preparing the company for the next 30 years.
Originally located in a heritage building on 14 St. SW, Banbury Lane relocated in 2013 to a red brick historical building on 10 Ave. SW, with a new and improved showroom space. There were also forays into Edmonton and Vancouver, but Calgary is home to all of the owners and kept bringing them back.
Banbury Lane attributes its longevity to its ability to care for customers. The team provides the finishing touches to homes in progress, and updates for homes that are still evolving. Banbury Lane works with design professionals, custom homebuilders, renovation contractors and homeowners who are completing projects. Many of the shop’s customers return to work on second and third homes.
To the team, it’s gratifying that several major builders and developers have trusted Banbury Lane with their business since it opened its doors. It’s grateful for the support of Banbury Lane’s employees, vendors and especially customers, and is looking forward to whatever comes next.
1301 10 Ave. S.W.
Calgary AB, T3C 0J4
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