Success Stories

Sue's Clothlines - Creston, BC

In 2003 Sue Thomas wasn’t quite ready to retire, and she saw a need in the community of Creston for a retail store. Sue took a leap of faith, entered the Self Employment program at Community Futures Central Kootenay, and the dream of Sue’s Clotheslines became a reality.

For the next year Sue drove an hour and a half each way over one of the most treacherous mountain passes to attend classes in Nelson at least once a month.

Now in its 16th year, Sue’s Clothesline has many loyal customers, mostly because their customers are like family. Sue makes sure that everyone is having fun in the store, and customers are happy because Sue treats others the way she would like to be treated.

They work with various charitable events throughout the year, but their charity of choice is the Ministerial Christmas Hamper Fundraisers. In the past 5 or so years, they have raised almost $20,000 to the charity through silent auctions, draws and raffles.

Sue believes it’s all about paying it forward. She’s proud that her customers think so highly of her that they nominated her and voted for her for this Small Business Award. The community of Creston is proud of her and with her every step of the way.  


Community Futures British Columbia
C230-7871 Stave Lake Street
Mission, BC  V2V 0C5

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