Lisa Lankinen and Jim Shales welcome the public to the showroom for Kettle Valley Cabinets at #3 - 600 Similkameen Avenue (in the big green building).

Lisa Lankinen and Jim Shales welcome the public to the showroom for Kettle Valley Cabinets at #3 - 600 Similkameen Avenue (in the big green building).

He is ‘sure’ at his craft

Jim Shales is not what you would call a handyman. He is way past handy. Since his move to Princeton last April, he has built four upper scale homes in the Westridge subdivision and now he is on to an added adventure in his growing company.

Jim Shales is not what you would call a handyman.  He is way past handy.  Since his move to Princeton last April, he has built four upper scale homes in the Westridge subdivision and now he is on to an added adventure in his growing company.

Shales is a craftsman who demands quality in his workmanship.  “Surecraft Construction Ltd. is dedicated to providing an unparalleled construction service that will meet or exceed our clients’ expectations,” stated Shales.  “We are committed to ensuring professionalism, integrity and superior craftsmanship from start to finish.”

As a licensed residential builder, Shales has years under his belt, honing his skills and refining his craft.  With this refinement, comes his kitchen company.  Kettle Valley Cabinets is located at #3-600 Similkameen Avenue.  This latest division was the brainstorm of a man trying to stay busy and diversified in a small local economy.

“I have been doing construction since 1990,” said Shales.  “Moving into a kitchen division was not a big stretch for me.  I have been building and renovating them for years.  Now I can just offer the one stop service to go along with it.”

Jim has hired Lisa Lankinen to take care of sales and help with design.  Lankinen just happened to be the owner of the first house Shales built after moving to town with his family.  When Shales found out that Lankinen had operated a third generation family owned kitchen, lighting and bath store in Thunderbay, Ontario and had years of experience in the field, he and Lankinen started talking.  Their combined experience seemed like a good fit for the new division, so they decided to go for it.

Shales got busy setting up his new showroom.  Now with Lankinen as his sales person, he feels set to go.  The bright showroom has samples galore for clients to choose from.  “We offer complete design and installation,” he said.  “Lisa does all of our design with her 2020 design program and I will do the supply and install.”

Kettle Valley Cabinets has an incredible assortment of samples to chose from.  “There are boxes of stain samples, wood species, door styles and knobs.  We can also offer  countertops,” added Lankinen.  “There is laminate, quartz, granite, Corian and marble to choose from.”

“We offer everything a client would need from economical to high end kitchens,” Shales continued.  “There are tons of styles and we will be there to take measurements, install, renovate, advise and anything else.  We can be there for our clients throughout the whole process start to finish.”

“Our goal since moving to this area is to make a go of it,” said Lankinen.  “Both our families love the Princeton area and want to stay.”  Jim’s wife, Laura Shales (Catlin), and their twin boys, Zachary and Jessie, are not new to Princeton.  Laura grew up just outside town with her mom, dad and siblings.  In fact, Jim proposed to Laura on the train trestle at Tulameen.  Lisa moved here with her husband Dan who works at Copper Mountain Mine and their two sons, Cameron and Nicholas.  Both families want Princeton to remain their home.

Kettle Valley Cabinets showroom is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., but both Lisa and Jim are available outside those hours as well.  “I am here because of Jim’s honesty and professionalism as a business man,” said Lankinen.  “He does what he says he is going to do.  Jim does business the way I do business.  I am looking forward to helping get Kettle Valley Cabinets up and running and really hope Princeton will support us.”

From free consultations to a complete tear down and remodel of an outdated kitchen, Kettle Valley Cabinets has the experience and knowledge to get the job done.  “We will give clients all their options and let them make the decision,” concluded Lankinen.  “We are here to facilitate the process and in the end we believe the results will be worth it.”

Call 250-295-8012 or email for a free consultation or more.


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