A World of Rentals Inc. was opened in June, 1998 by the Wilson Brothers, Chris and Colin.
We had both previously worked at a decorating store owned by our parents, and headed out on
our own to try a new and interesting (challenging) business. Our parents, Lloyd and Mary
Wilson have supported us since the beginning — Lloyd, helping out around the shop when
we needed and Mary, showing us the ins and outs of bookkeeping. Our goal from the beginning
was, and still is, to specialize in quality equipment for the small contractor, and do–it–yourselfer.
In the fall of 1998, we formed A World of Paint. Relying on our knowledge of the paint
industry, we were able to bring in a line of top quality Canadian made paints, stains and
urethanes. Solignum has been making paint for Canadians since 1907. Paint was a natural fit
with rentals, as it makes us a "one stop shop". It is very helpful to have all the products
that our customers need to complete their projects. Since that time, we have added CIL to our
line of paint, and we continue to supply top quality products at competitive prices.
Also in the fall of 1998, we formed Shelving and Racking World, a business specializing
in used warehouse shelving and pallet racking. Our father, Lloyd Wilson, began this business,
accidentally, by selling off used racking and shelving that he had kept from his previous
business. After seeing the demand in our area, we began buying the shelving again as it
became available. Lloyd continues to help us in this business.
I was born in Ottawa, Ontario, and came to Kingston at the age of 18 months, so
I have always considered myself a Kingstonian. I went to Portsmouth Public School,
then Winston Churchill, followed by High School at KCVI. I completed the automotive
program at St. Lawrence College, however soon realized that it was not the career
path for me. I worked for mom and dad for a number of years before they retired,
and then Colin and I opened our own store in 1998.
I have played the old time fiddle since the age of 5, and have been successful
in many competitions throughout Ontario, the Maritimes, Quebec, and the United States.
I competed from the age of 7 until I was in my early 20's. I then played with a
couple of country bands, Including Country Road, Shotgun, and Showdown. From 2002
through the end of 2010 I played with one of Ontario’s premier bluegrass bands,
The Northern Sons. The Northern Sons decided to retired (after 25 years) in December,
2010. Since that time I have been assisting the Chem Chiks & Chiklets filling in where
necessary (bass and occasionally fiddle), and helping with sound. In 2012 the Chem Chiks
and The Chiklets released their first CD entitled “Ring the Bell”. We
had 2 sold out CD release concerts, and Cogeco did a 90 minute program on the girls.
I have two beautiful daughters who were born in 1994. Christin Wilson (the oldest
twin) and Haley Wilson (my youngest) are now attending St. Lawrence College, and are both active on the
girls Rugby team. Christin is enrolled in Health and Fitness Promotion. She plays the fiddle, step-dances, and plays guitar.
Haley plays the fiddle, step-dances, and picks Mandolin. She is enrolled in Pre Health Sciences and is working on
becoming a Search and Rescue Technician. Both girls are coached by Grandpa Lloyd. Grandma
Mary teaches them baking, and keeps them organized for all their musical functions.
The girls are both founding members of the CHEM Chiks, and
they continue to play various “gigs” around the Kingston Area.
I met my sweetheart, Jennifer Stainrod, in the spring of 2007. Jennifer works
for Loyola Kingston, where she is the Administrative Assistant
Continuing Education. We were married in October, 2009.
I was born and raised in Kingston, Ontario, in Portsmouth village. I went to
Portsmouth Public School to grade 4, and then continued on to Rideau Public
School in their French emersion program. High school was at LCVI in Kingston,
where I was on the Football, Hockey, and Rowing teams. I then studied business
at the University of Ottawa. After University, I returned to Kingston to work
in my family's business, until they retired in 1997, at which time Chris
and I started our businesses.
I am married to Patti, who I met in 2001, and we have two children, Dylan and Lauren.
Dylan attends the University of Western Ontario and is studying Engineering. He enjoys
snowboarding, playing guitar, drums and piano.
Lauren is in primary school at Our Lady of Lourdes. She enjoys playing piano,
skating, skiing, gymnastics, cheer, singing and dancing.
I too played the fiddle from an early age (4), and am a 3rd generation
fiddle player. I took Suzuki Violin, as well as I competed in Old Time Fiddle
competitions, from Dartmouth Nova Scotia, to the Calgary Stampede, and into
New York State and Vermont. Our music style comes from the "Ottawa Valley",
where father, Lloyd and Grandfather Lorne both made their mark in fiddling.