Meet The Kuchma Team
Get to know the people behind your favourite places & spaces in downtown Burlington! We’ll be introducing you to new owners & businesses throughout the year!
This week, meet Dareen & Greg Kuchma, The Kuchma Team
- How did you two meet?
Despite going to the same Elementary school & High school, Greg and I did not meet until after University at the gym in a spinning class! We both still enjoy spinning, but on the Peloton at home now!
- Tell us a little bit about yourselves and your business. (i.e. What is your unique offering?)
Greg and I are both local Realtors with REMAX Escarpment. Greg is our team leader and Broker. I handle all our marketing and office management! Our team of six focuses on simplifying the real estate transaction and offering our clients the best experience possible from beginning to end. We work as a dynamic team, each with our own strengths and offer a very personal approach!
Our team has been “Bringing you Home since 2009”! We are amongst the top 1% of Realtors in Burlington and have been voted as the “Best Real Estate Broker” by the Burlington Post Readers’ Choice awards in 2021 & 2022.
Working right in our hometown, we feel a social responsibility to be involved in our local community and offer help and support where we can. We love supporting the Halton Women’s Place Gala each year, highlighting the amazing work they do in our community, providing a safe haven for women & children. We also collect and shop for donations for the Compassion Society of Halton, which supports over 900 families locally. Greg is also involved in the Burlington Dad’s Group, supporting various charities!
- What made you choose Downtown Burlington?
Having both grown up in Burlington we have many memories associated with downtown and love the energy down here! We remember attending many Sound of Music Festivals, Rib Fests, coming down for ice cream and walking along the boardwalk on date nights.
We like being close to what we feel is the hub and being surrounded by other small businesses! It makes our everyday more enjoyable and adds an element of Fun!
- What other downtown businesses do you frequent and do business with?
We are conveniently located steps from Burro and love lunching with the team there! We love having date nights at Buvette (shout out to Alex, who is amazing and always accommodating), Son of a Peach for the perfect pizzas, The Martini House (must make it to the patio at least once every summer). I (more than Greg) love a midday pop-in for a quick shop at Pure Boutique, Joelle’s or Centro! Truly there is so much to explore downtown, and we can’t wait to make our way through the list!
- Do you have any Valentine’s Day traditions?
We love Valentine’s Day and try and celebrate it in a big way in our household! The kids love decorating the walls with paper hearts, we plan red and pink outfits for all of us, we fill the house with treats and heart-shaped cookies, and the kids make valentines for everyone we know! We MUST have a box of chocolates around for snacking, and Greg and I will either go out for dinner somewhere downtown or make something fun together at home! We love celebrating love!
- If you had one piece of advice for couples about to start a business together, what advice would you give them?
Although we wouldn’t change a thing and LOVE working together, we have been very conscious of making sure we each have our own priorities and ensure we aren’t ‘overstepping’ on one another’s tasks. Any business involves a large amount of time/energy in the early days. Having a concise vision of where we want to be as a couple in both our personal and professional lives helped us a lot with getting to where we want to be. We really make sure to have dedicated ‘work’ time and ‘personal’ time.
Please give Dareen & Greg a warm Burlington Downtown welcome and say hi to them the next time you see them in our Downtown. You can follow them on Instagram at @thekuchmateam or on Facebook at The Kuchma Team. Their website is thekuchmateam.ca.