Kena Manson has returned to her Rock Creek roots to open K&K Meats with fiance Kevin Schneider.

At 20, Kena Manson has own business

Rock Creek native returns home to establish meat cutting business.

When Kena Manson graduated from the College of the Rockies culinary program she never imagined she would end up back in her hometown of Rock Creek running her own meat shop. With the retirement of local butcher John Solowy, however, and the resulting empty space that served as his shop for many years, Manson and fiance Kevin Dietrich saw an opportunity for both a business and a way for Manson to return to her roots.

Manson graduated from Boundary Central Secondary School in 2013 and headed to Cranbrook shortly thereafter, completing the culinary program at the local community college a year later.

“I really enjoyed the butcher component of the culinary program,” explained Manson, “and it taught me extensive knife skills, which inspired me to apply to the National Meat Training Center at Olds College in Alberta.”

Manson, the only female student, thrived in the program, graduating three months later with one of the highest grades in the class. The day following graduation, the center hired Manson to run the retail store, as well as to help instruct students on the slaughter and cutting floors. “I would likely have stayed at the college if this great business opportunity did not come up,” said Manson, “and it is very nice being home.”

One of K&K’s specialties is gourmet sausage, infused with fruit and spices, and Manson feels it’s important to make her products gluten-free. “Most families these days have at least one member who cannot include gluten in their diet,” said Manson, “and I want my products to be an option for everyone.” K&K meats goal is to source their meat locally and bring the finest that West Boundary has to offer to the plates of locals and visitors alike.

K&K Meats is located at 3615 Kettle Valley Rd. E. in Rock Creek.

 

Just Posted

Power out, restored in some areas

While power is now on for some of the Boundary, as many as 2,000 may still be in the dark.

New Glade ferry enters testing phase

The Glade II will be able to carry heavier loads and will emit less greenhouse gases.

Freezing rain warning in effect for B.C. Southern Interior

Environment Canada issued the freezing rain warning for most of the Southern Interior Tuesday morning

Smiles all around as province announces emergency ward funding

$2.1 million to go to much-needed upgrades

As avalanche danger grows, BC heli-skiers exercise caution

Company relies on guides’ decades of experience

B.C. cougar kitten rescued after mother struck by vehicle

Conservation Officers find home for young kitten found dehydrated and frostbitten near Williams Lake

WestJet appeals lost bid to scrap harassment lawsuit

Airline argues judge was wrong to have dismissed the company’s application to strike the legal action

Can U.S. border guards search your phone? Yes, and here’s how

Secretary of homeland security explains a new policy that let’s border guards check phones

‘Beautiful writer’ Nancy Richler dies of cancer in Vancouver hospital

Montreal-born author spent most of her adult life in B.C. as a fiction writer and novelist

B.C. commuters vote to rename bus service to ‘Jeff’

The company asked and the people of Facebook answered

New Denver emergency ward to remain 24/7

Interior Health says it’s postponing changes to operating hours.

Students frustrated by UBCO response to harassment allegations

Students on the Kelowna campus were unaware of resources and worried about lack of communication

Opinion: Dare to be smarter

Just say no works for more than just substance abuse

Most Read