Loretta Packham (centre) with staff members Cindy Jackson (left) and Gail Robinson (right)
Many people gather to watch the parade of Lights get ready at the Ranchland Mall every year, and a some regularly have their Friday night supper at Mrs. P's Coffee Corner in the mall. On Friday, November 20, with the excitement of the parade and other events and the rush of dinner, Mrs. P's owner and namesake Loretta Packham may have been too busy to notice some odd behavior. Friends, family, and clients had gathered to surprise her and celebrate the 21st anniversary of her opening the popular coffee shop/restaurant.
|Town councillor Lorne Jackson and Loretta Packham|
Councillor Lorne Jackson (a frequent customer) offered congratulations from the Town of Pincher Creek, and some personal thoughts on the event. "Your manner is always so warm and welcoming, regardless of whether or not you are actually having a good day. That is a quality more of us should aspire to. If we did, the world would be a much better place to live."
"It is obvious how much pride you have not only in your establishment, but also for ensuring your clientele have a unique and wonderful visits here."
"Thank you all very much, and I love you all very dearly," said Loretta Packham who was obviously overcome by the attention. Packham made an effort to let everyone know she was not sure if she started the coffee shop 19, 20, or 21 years ago.
Some pictures from the Pincher Creek Voice archives (various photographers)