Local Telkwa entrepreneur happy to serve the community – Smithers Interior News
Do you remember when Telkwa, per capita,
was the restaurant capital of the north?
People, even from Smithers, were venturing out of their bubble and heading to Telkwa for dinner.
Things have changed a bit over the years as we have some of the best restaurants right here in downtown Smithers.
Telkwa can still be a destination to meet the entrepreneur of the year, Olivia Hunter.
This young woman left school and went into business.
With the help of her family, she was able to move into the old Midway restaurant next to the gas station.
“Trixi and Leroy are the best landlords ever,” she says.
“Not only do they want me to succeed, they gave me the use of their soft serve ice cream machine.
Dad helped build cupboards and my display wall where I show off his pottery.
My uncles helped maintain the coffee machine and the refrigerators.
Mom was always there to replace my staff who were sick or busy with other problems.
Not only my brothers and cousins, but the whole community has been tremendously supportive.
Olivia is from home, having lived in Telkwa since her arrival at the age of one.
Her family was homeschooled and as a result are closely connected to the community.
“I’ve worked my whole life for many local businesses in the area,” she said. “I worked at a local dairy for years. I have a lot of connections and try to buy all my supplies locally.
Running a restaurant can be a tough business, long hours, hard work, why would you choose this direction with your career, I asked Olivia.
“Well, I started working on becoming a nurse, but after dad rented the building and we tried to figure out what we could do with the extra space, I thought, why not give it a try” , she said.
“First of all, I like to cook. I was always the one in the family who helped Mom and I really appreciated that.
Mom is the best cook and I learned just about everything I know from her.
Second, I love serving the public and I feel good when someone can have a healthy meal and a good cup of coffee in their day.
It makes me smile and if I can put a smile on their face, it’s fine.
“I have several part-timers and we seem to have busy 11-2 hour shifts a day.
During the filming of The Mother, things got a little hectic at times, but it was worth it.
I buy the majority of my supplies from the Smithers wholesaler.
I get my coffee from Bugwood Bean.
Some of my meat products come from Rudolph’s Sausage in Telkwa. I also try to buy from Manfred at W Diamond Ranch.
We have room to expand and I have some ideas for the evening cheesecake cafe with local entertainment or who knows.
Overall things went pretty well even in these covid times.
I’m happy to be an active member of the community and I love Telkwa. »
You can contact Olivia at 250-643-8622 or email