Noel and Susan Ashdown both worked in a 1980s shopping center called the Trafalgar Village Mall: Noel was the owner of a new sporting goods store, Oakville Cycle & Sports, and Susan was the assistant manager of a shoe store. The tight-knit employees of the mall would often hang out there together to socialize after it closed. Noel and Susan hit it off immediately so it made sense that when Noel’s fledgling business started to take off and needed to hire more staff, he lured Susan away to work for him. Obviously, he had other plans in mind too!
Susan and Noel have been married for more than 30 years, have two grown daughters, and their shop has matured over the years into a veritable Oakville landmark.