Lorne Selbee is the third generation in his family to help Clearwater residents with everything related to household projects and needs. His great uncle built the Wells Gray Home Hardware 50 years ago and his grandfather, father, siblings, children, and extended family have all worked together at some point in the store’s history. He even had a treehouse behind the property.
“We grew up riding our bikes along the Clearwater River Trail–it was our backyard,” said Selbee. “I have spectacular memories of riding the escarpments.”
After attending university in Kamloops, Selbee, along with his wife and family, moved back to Clearwater seeking the same quality of life he’d known growing up.
“I used to routinely bring my friends here from university for what we called a “spa weekend”. We’d explore Trophy Mountain and go fishing. Moving back was an easy decision. The lifestyle you can give your kids up here is amazing.”
Selbee finds once people get to Clearwater, the rest explains itself pretty quickly. While BC has a lot of beautiful places to explore, he said there’s something very laid back about the Clearwater area you can’t find elsewhere. That vibe extends to his business as well, warmly referring to it as the local “coffee shop”.
“There are a number of people you see at the same time at least once a week. You get to really know people and there’s not a lot of people you don’t know.”
Selbee said the favourite part of his day is walking through the store in the morning. He comes through the front doors, walks around and checks in with employees and gets a sense of what’s coming for the day.
When he’s not at the store, Selbee loves hopping on his motorcycle for a ride up the hills–sometimes stopping by the Wild Flour Cafe for some carrot soup.