Photo courtesy of the Columbia Valley Pioneer

In what may be the biggest local business scoop (pun intended) of the year, a local couple is about to become the official owners of one of Invermere’s most iconic downtown business.

Crystal Leonard and Stuart Cope, already well-known in the Columbia Valley as the owners and operators of Leo Burrito in Radium Hot Springs, have bought Gerry’s Gelati Cafe and Stolen Church coffee (along with the un-missable giant red ice cream truck, and the mini golf course) from Invermere mayor and Gerry’s Gelati business founder Gerry Taft, and are set to formally take over starting on January 1st.

“It feels pretty amazing. Both of us are full of excitement, we are honoured to be the ones to kind of be picked to take it over,” said Ms. Leonard.

Mr. Taft, who is also the NDP candidate for the Columbia River-Revelstoke riding in the upcoming 2017 provincial election scheduled for May, said he’s selling his business in order to focus on his campaign.

Ms. Leonard and Mr. Cope have been managing the Gerry’s Gelati outlet in Radium (which is adjoined to Leo Burrito) for the past two summers.

“We’ve had a good working relationship and I was sort of joking, but I said, ‘Why don’t you two just buy me out completely’? And they were quite quiet, then asked a few questions, and just like that it was suddenly serious,” said Mr. Taft.

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