Cedar Winds expands downtown Haliburton presence
By Angelica Ingram
Aug. 17, 2018
Cedar Winds has been in business for 20 years, but the company that specializes in home design/build has been growing its presence tremendously over the past five years.
This summer the business expanded its downtown office and now has a main street presence at 173 Highland St. in Haliburton.
Calling it a “client space,” Cedar Winds owner/operator Glenn Evans says the expansion allows the business to engage with customers and show them the building options available in a comfortable and warm setting.
“Being on the main street was something that, in the last five years, I thought was something that would be a good move for us,” he said. “Just to have that exposure.”
Glenn said the decision helps separate Cedar Winds from other companies.
“We don't consider it to be a showroom per se,” he said. “It's a client space ... so more of an educational and meeting place.”
Started by Glenn Evans, Cedar Winds now employs 12 people and designs and builds homes and cottages in the Haliburton Highlands.
About five years ago, Glenn and his wife Teresa used the services of a business coach they were introduced to through the Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce.
“He was instrumental in changing the way that I think and the way that we operate and the way that we market ourselves,” Glenn said. “[He] stripped the business down and made us understand a little bit better what we did well, what made us different than everybody else and to exploit that.”
Glenn said the business does its best to understand and meet individual clients' needs, recognizing how big of an investment building a home or cottage can be.
“Every project we treat as individually and importantly as it is for the client themselves,” he said.