Bean General Store 1903
The original store - a time before
Three generations ago, our ancestors immigrated north to the Canadian prairies. They came from Europe through Quebec and Wisconsin to the end of the rails at Radisson, Saskatchewan.
Great great granddad and grandma were true pioneers and weren't one to stay where others had already set up. Going beyond the rails, they journeyed further out to Maymont, Saskatchewan and set up the general store, post office, and farm. We have fond memories of being in the old store - the
radiant warmth from the cast iron stove, smells of coffee and burning wood, and sounds of work boots on plank floors. We also remember listening to grandma telling stories of her life as a child growing up without the creature comforts we take for granted today and duly impressed at the
strength of pioneer women. In fact when great great granddad died it was great great grandma who took over running the entire Bean enterprises including the construction of the “modern” farm house – it wasn’t made of dirt, had real windows, a big kitchen with an island and a free standing tub!
We’re no longer selling flour or sugar but we are sharing what we have learnt over a hundred years about the business of staying healthy, well and comfortable.
An Inventory of Facts on Indoor Environmental Quality
- For You
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You are educated, resourceful and have a sense of
You are building or renovating.
You are aware at least on some level that your
indoor climate can influence you in a threatening or therapeutic way.
You may be responsible for designing and/or
financing the project.
You may be responsible for the specifications and
possibly the installation, assembly or managing all or part
of the project.
You are a decision maker with the ability to take
a firm stance for your beliefs. (Your tolerance for B.S. =
zero...you and yours agree - if it's your money - its your
choice...thank you very much.)
You want independent advice on the human factors
architectural/mechanical systems without the "in your face"
sales pitch for products.
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and perhaps want a place to talk with a specialist about
your building, energy use and indoor climate.
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A few statistics for dinner conversations...enjoy.
are predominantly women between the ages of 30 and 50.
Many are college
educated, with an above-average income and health insurance.
Harvard Business School professor Regina Herzlinger believes
health-seekers will reform healthcare, just as they have
changed retailing and financial services."
Russell C. Coile, Jr., editor of HEALTH TRENDS, founding
board member of The Center for Health Design
Comment: I very much see indoor climates as
a healthcare issue and put my faith in women to enact
change within the building industry.
Men aren't dumb just numb...
Testosterone damps pain sensation in males by
Excerpt, "It will come as no surprise to some... men are
less sensitive than women, at least to pain. Researchers
have found that the male hormone testosterone masks
feelings of discomfort. They believe that such tolerance
effects may help men to maintain their stamina in
fights, when testosterone levels are high. "If men are
less sensitive to pain, there is more willingness to
fight and participate in further fights," says Michaela
Hau, an animal physiology and behaviour scientist at
Princeton University, New Jersey."
Comment: ...and that's why us guys should not be
involved in making decisions that relate to health,
wellness and comfort. Women will make better choices
when given the information relating to HVAC systems.
Percentage of purchasing or life
decisions made by women :
Houses = 91%
D.I.Y. (major “home projects”) = 80%
Consumer Electronics =51%
Cars = 68%
All consumer purchases = 83%
Bank Account = 89%
Household investment decisions = 67%
Small business loans/biz starts = 70%
Health Care = 80%
Source Business Week
“Men and women don’t think the same
way, don’t communicate the same way, don’t buy for the
Popcorn & Marigold
“A woman knows her children’s
friends, hopes, dreams, romances, secret fears, what
they are thinking, how they are feeling. Men are vaguely
aware of some short people also living in the house.”
Barbara & Allan Pease, Why Men
Don’t Listen & Women Can’t Read Maps
“Women have insights into our
customers that no man—no matter how bright, no matter
how hard working—can match.
Albertsons CEO Larry Johnston
...and now you know why I have been preaching
for decades why we
need to have more women in the HVAC industry.