November 28, 2022


Professional Real Estate Experts

A love of playing live and furniture

– Phrases by Angela Cowan Pictures by Don Denton

Aaron Gray, vice president of La-Z-Boy Vancouver Island, has put in just about his total everyday living in and about the home furnishings marketplace. He recently relocated to Nanaimo to get back again to the family business—Aaron’s family has owned and operated Vancouver Island’s La-Z-Boy spots for far more than 20 several years.

“I’m helping [my father] operate the working day-to-day company right here,” suggests Aaron. “I had a tenure with La-Z-Boy, so it was an noticeable healthy.”

“Being centrally positioned is incredible,” he adds. “You can go to the mountain, you can hop on the ferry to Vancouver, and you’re hardly ever considerably from a hike or a stroll. Every thirty day period I come across a little something new that I’m into.”

Right after working for La-Z-Boy corporately for the past 10 years, being back again in a position that is on a far more intimate degree feels like coming whole circle.

“I labored in the household business enterprise from when I was about 13 to when I was 20, and then I moved to Toronto to try and get absent from it,” he states, laughing.

He went to school for art and graphic layout in his early 20s, but located he saved getting pulled back again to the furnishings field.

“You’re merging every little thing from industrial design and style to vogue,” he states. “It’s almost everything. The establish excellent of the home furniture, the precise wooden and the tacks, as very well as the material and style and design. It’s a merging of worlds for certain.”

He loves the travel, the trade demonstrates, the exclusive issues and the melding of variety and functionality.

“It’s a quickly-paced industry and I thrive on modify. And I noticed that it place food on my family’s table growing up, so as significantly as subsequent in my father’s footsteps, I have this love and respect for this industry,” he adds.

The 7 Sins


Whose footwear would you like to wander in?

Alex James, the bassist from the British rock group Blur. He lived lifestyle in the ’90s unapologetically as a rock star and then retired to a farm in Oxfordshire as a cheesemaker. Both of those of his life are very glamorous in their personal means. There is a little something about living out a intimate existence as an artisan in the English countryside, creating a product or service you’re passionate about. I would gladly trade my skinny jeans for wool and a pair of wellies.


What is the food items you could consume above and about again?

I appreciate having out and when I travel I foundation my stops about restaurants I want to attempt. To decide on a single meals while, it would be anything at all Italian. It is a delicacies centered on the simplicity and excellent of its ingredients.


You’re presented $1 million that you have to commit selfishly. What would you shell out it on?

I have this notion of renting and furnishing a area in an previous 5-star hotel in Paris: obtaining place provider, throwing parties, ingesting nice wine and eating at cafes. In my head it is a Wes Anderson movie with a Serge Gainsbourg soundtrack. Just pure escapism. And it would finish with the resort supervisor politely informing me by folded observe that I no longer have credit rating and will need to vacate the place immediately.


Pet peeves?

Baseball hats in places to eat. Why grown men really don’t see a issue with this and insist on sitting down to a awesome food with a baseball hat on is outside of me. I’m not a crazy stickler for manners, but this one particular requires the cake.


Exactly where would you invest a long time doing nothing?

My mattress. I come to feel at this stage in my lifestyle I have gotten to recognize the enjoyment at the rear of having a good mattress, flawlessly weighted duvet and a stable pillow. Saturday mornings are the best. My girlfriend and I snooze in, drink a pot of espresso and look at English football.


What is the 1 point you’re secretly proud of?

A handful of a long time ago I restored a 1966 Vespa in a floor-up construct. I actually realized almost nothing about mechanics, and even though outdated Vespas are about as difficult as a lawnmower, it was nonetheless a challenge for a dude who did not have a clue what a carburetor was.


What makes your heart conquer more quickly?

I’ve played in bands because I was a teen, and there is nothing that can make me come to feel much more alive than actively playing a present. It is nerve-wracking but at the very same time total of this all-consuming exhilaration. Just about anything can occur: devices can break, the bar could be empty or packed, pints can slide and fry electrical equipment…it’s the organized chaos that gets my adrenaline flowing.

Story courtesy of Boulevard Journal, a Black Press Media publication

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