The Story of Prairie Sky

We (here after referring to John and Arlene) built our custom home in 2014 with the intent first on having a granny suite for Arlene’s mom, and eventually turning the place into a bed and breakfast.

The yard has been steadily groomed for years (Arlene grew up on this very property – well technically she got older, she refuses to grow up). We share a love for beautiful country spaces, people and cooking. Together we managed, owned and operated a family diner for 16 years, and the entrepreneur spirit in us lives on. While we love the quiet and peaceful surroundings we have here, we love to visit with people share pieces of our lives with others as well.

John has worked in the food industry for 35 years. He is happiest when he can share his culinary skills with appreciative pallets. He received his Red Seal papers in 1991 and is in the process of upgrading his food-handlers certificate. His list of previous culinary kitchens include but are not limited to Green gates, Nuns Kitchen, Medicine Rock Café, Charter House Hotel, Holiday Inn, Ramada Inn. In fact he had the honour of assisting in cooking for the Queen on one of her Canadian Visits. He is still active in the local community and currently works nights at our local Bakery.

Together we have raised 3 mostly well-adjusted children (now young adults) and we are expecting our first grandchild.

Arlene has spent as many years serving in various restaurants and owning and operating one with John, and pursuing her love of art and developing her own self-taught artist career. She hasn’t met an art medium yet that she doesn’t like and is quite proficient in oil, watercolour and acrylic. In December of 2018, her cousin Harold Peters launched a one artist gallery in her name, featuring her work exclusively. The Arlene Enns Gallery is situated in Portland Oregon, a little far from home for Arlene, but it is in the lovely Pearl district and in a much more marketable art area, than southern Manitoba. She does finally have a small studio space in her home, aka the B&B studio, where she finds time to create and teach. Arlene also remains active in the local community, and currently still works 3-4 days at the local co-op store. She also teaches paint night parties and occasional classes at the Steinbach Arts Council.