Meet the faces of Cathy Allan! Below is each of our team members and a message they want to share.
Hi! My name is Liz - the owner and operator of Cathy Allan Ladieswear. Thanks for stopping by and spending some time with us! It's my pleasure to introduce you to our team here at Cathy Allan!
“I remember the day 23 years ago sitting in our favourite Greek restaurant when Liz told me that her dream of opening up a clothing store was coming true. She asked me if I wanted a summer job and of course, I said yes! I was there when Cathy Allan opened its doors, learning from the best and soaking up everything fashion. Even when I started my career and moved far away, my visits home always included a stop to one of my favourite places… Cathy Allan. Fast forward a decade or so, I was a stay-at-home mom and just recently moved back into the area when Liz asked if I wanted to come back.
I love my job at Cathy Allan! It gives me a purpose that is more than just about selling clothes. Liz has created a great enviroment that people love to be a part of and it shows. My Cathy Allan family (including past and present staff) have taught me so much over the years about what true friendship is about. I love the customers that come in for a chat and share a bit of their lives with us."
“My husband and I moved to Lindsay several years ago after living on Stoney Lake and previously in Georgetown. I was retired from administration and office management when we left Georgetown. Once we moved to Lindsay I was bored, so I began to work at Cathy Allan in 2017 and I immediately loved working there! I enjoy working at Cathy Allan so much it doesn't feel like work. I have the best boss ever! I enjoy helping our customers and getting to know the people in our community. When not working I look forward to spending time with my husband and visiting with my daughter and grandson who live in Peterborough."
“When I finished high school I just so happened to meet Liz’s son Jesse. From there, I went on to manage a pizza restaurant for three years. Jesse and I ended up getting married and starting a family. We moved up to North Bay as my husband ran a grocery store. While we were there my dream was to become an esthetician and I took advantage of the time to get my diploma in esthetics. My husband got a new job offer in the city and we decide to move back to the Lindsay area to be closer to family. I remember looking for jobs in my field at this time but nothing was available. Liz was ecstatic that we were moving back to Lindsay so she could see her grandchildren more. I never would have thought that being back in Lindsay and working with my mother-in-law in the clothing business could be so great. I never knew that I would enjoy it so much and I believe a lot of that comes from the ambience that is created within the store. I really enjoy the customers that come in and working with the staff members."
"I am so excited to be a part of the Cathy Allan team.
2020 was quite a year to say the least. The company that I worked at for 15 years was struggling due to COVID and as a result I laid off, so I decided to semi retire and look for a part time job. Cathy Allan’s was on the top of my list. I love the clothes and the people are always so kind and helpful. I knew that I wanted to be a part of this team. Fortunately, Liz and Ron welcomed me with open arms.
I have worked in sales for most of my career in the clothing industry, direct marketing and recently in corporate sales for large volume clients, so I am able to use my experience and skills to help as much as possible and provide good service. I am blessed to have a wonderful daughter who is extremely supportive and as excited as I am for me to be on the Cathy Allan team. We have made Cathy Allan a destination for her Christmas Eve dress for many years, and have always had a happy experience. When I am not at Cathy Allan I enjoy spending time with family and friends, baking with my daughter, living an active lifestyle that includes working out and golfing. I love hosting social gatherings and I am a huge Raptors fan! I am eager and enthusiastic and look forward to be a part of the Cathy Allan community."
“I agonized for months over leaving a job that I loved to go and work for Liz at Cathy Allan. I really only knew her from shopping at Cathy Allan and her visits to my place of employment, but something drew me to her. She seemed to have the same kind of spark that I have. I always loved how she and her staff made me feel special somehow. I know now that they, or should I say we make all our customers feel special… because they are. It is so much more than a job. I believe with all my heart, that I was put there for a reason, that every day that I am there I have a purpose that is so much more than selling clothes.
Fashion and decor are my passions in life, I am grateful beyond words, that I can spend my time doing both, and I feel so blessed to work with an amazing group of women who I am proud to call my friends."
“I started working at Cathy Allan through high school as a co-op student. I would be at the store every day helping out over the span of 5 months. I graduated from high school and I have continued working for Liz! Working at Cathy Allan is truly an amazing experience because of the customers we have and my co-workers that I have the pleasure of working with. When I am at home I love to hang out with my little puppy Max.”
"I have worked with the Cathy Allan team over the past few years. Fashion is my passion and I take great pleasure in helping our customers look fabulous and to feel great. I am authentic and honest with a true appreciation for quality and fit and enjoy providing valuable insight into current and upcoming trends to help our customers make intelligent wardrobe decisions.
I am a graduate of the University of Manitoba with a degree in Human Ecology with an emphasis on Clothing & Textiles and Business Administration. In the past I have worked for the Manitoba Association of Fashion Designers, a Winnipeg based fashion designer, as well as a Peterborough based designer. I was also a Senior Executive with The Hudson’s Bay Company as a Store Manager as well as a Marketing and Special Projects Manager. I am proud to be a member of The Women’s Business Network of Peterborough for the past eleven years and volunteering in the community."
Through my business diploma, we got to learn about small, medium and large-sized companies. From the start, I always knew that small businesses were where I wanted to work. Liz has proven to be the exact reason why I love small businesses. She’s a genuine business person who loves and supports her community, customers and staff. It’s been such an honour to be a part of the team, and I’m excited to continue meeting more of you and connecting with you!”
"I am very pleased to be Cathy Allan’s most recent sales associate!
For the past five years I worked at Pensieri/Blues Shoes in Peterborough. I enjoyed the close customer relations and emphasis on service, that a small business has to offer. In December, 2020, the owners of the store retired and I was eager to find a similar fit with another remarkable small business. Having always had a positive shopping experience at Cathy Allan, I really wanted to be apart of their friendly atmosphere.
In addition to working at Cathy Allan I also have a home staging business. I am so fortunate to have an amazing family. I am married to Reg, a high school teacher, who is eagerly looking forward to his pending retirement. We share our lives with three grown children. Jordan, Taylor and Cassidy. I have various interests. I enjoy watching the Blue Jays, playing softball and have also helped coach a high school team for the past several years. I love travelling and home renovation projects. As well, I share a passion for musical theatre with my daughter. Together we have attended many amazing productions. One fun fact about me is that I decided to learn how to play the drums during the Covid lockdowns! Having a drummer for a son has been very beneficial.
I am thankful to Liz and Ron for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of the Cathy Allan Team and enjoy assisting each and every one of our customers!"
“My husband and I moved from Toronto in 1993 to retire early (to enjoy a slower pace) to live on the water. I spent several years doing things I hadn’t had the time to do previously – preserving (love berry picking), gardening, decorating, entertaining, cooking (a favourite pass time) and a lot of family visits and reunions. One day while I was shopping in Lindsay, I discovered Cathy Allan Ladieswear, and I was thrilled to find a local ladieswear shoppe that suited me to a ‘T’. One visit, Leslie was working and out of the blue, she asked me if I’d ever considered working in retail? Well, a few days later I joined Cathy Allan just to see. Well, here I am 19 years later. It seems to be working out!!
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many people over the years – buyers and fellow retailers but the highlights were meeting designers Simon Chang and Joseph Ribkoff. I’ve enjoyed attending buying markets assisting in selecting unique and beautiful accessories. I’m grateful for Liz, and all of my co-workers (past & present) whom I learn from every day. We are blessed to live in a small community where being a good neighbour really makes the difference."
"When the Covid lockdown hit in 2020, I came "out of retirement" and returned to Cathy Allan to help out in any way I could while we navigated through the difficult time. I have enjoyed it so much I just had to stay on!
It is my privilege to be primarily involved with "shipping and receiving" and I have the pleasure of receiving our shipments and seeing the newest fashions as they arrive! As well, I pick, package and ship our online orders as they come in. It is always exciting to see Cathy Allan fashions going across Canada and to the USA.
It is a joy to be a member of the Cathy Allan team and being a part of the "behind the scenes" aspect of operating a business."
“It has been my pleasure to work for my niece, Liz for over 15 years as her bookkeeper.
I work behind the scenes and can usually be found in my office downstairs but occasionally I wander upstairs and get to experience the joy on ladies faces when they find that perfect outfit.
The Cathy Allan team works diligently to help their customers find just what they are looking for. They are wonderful gals and delightful to work with, and it is especially a pleasure for me to work with my daughter Leslie.”