Mike Balance, Dale Donaldson, Christina Champlin and Cassandra Urbshas of Mallard's Source for Sports in Nelson, B.C.
Castlegar, Nelson, Rossland, Salmo, Trail, Financial, Health & Wellness, Retail, Tourism

Influencing Nelson

Our research rewarded us with information about a few of Nelson’s most influential business people.

B.C. Premier Christy Clark was introduced to chamber of commerce luncheon guests in Cranbrook on June 23 by MLA Bill Bennett.
Cranbrook, Education

B.C. premier announced funding for nursing and the trades

B.C. Premier Christy Clark spoke to a record crowd at the June 23 chamber of commerce luncheon in Cranbrook, B.C.

Imagine Kootenay staff and partners proudly display their Marketing Innovation Award at the BC Economic Development Association Summit in Vancouver.
Kootenay BizBlog, Real Estate, Retail, Technology, Tourism Imagine Kootenay wins top honours in BC

The IK partnership was recognized for their website and program branding work at the BC Economic Development Association Summit in Vancouver.

Sparwood's Next Level Fitness, gym
Business Beat, Sparwood, Health & Wellness

Taking Sparwood to the next level

Next Level Fitness is Sparwood's newest gym, and owner Katie Jackson couldn't be happier.

Tanya Wall is the director for Area B in the Central Kootenay region. She and her partner, Ralph Casemore, share a lifelong love of the Creston Valley.

Influencing Creston

The influence of regional and municipal leaders is found in every aspect of community life in B.C.’s Creston Valley.

Vince DeVito Shoes is a 90-year-old, fourth-generation family business in Nelson, B.C.
Nelson, Health & Wellness, Retail, Small Business, Tourism

Five over 50 in Nelson B.C.

Surviving five decades and more, these Nelson businesses are a tribute to determination, adaptability and loyalty.

Group of Business Walk members, dressed in bright green t-shirts, heading out to local businesses.
Kootenay BizBlog, Cranbrook, Retail, Small Business Business Walk reaches out to Cranbrook enterprises

The first ever Cranbrook Business Walk was held on Tuesday, June 28th, in which teams of two visited businesses small and large throughout the city.

Dean McKerracher, mayor of Elkford, offers congratulations to RDEK CAO Lee-Ann Crane, on her retirement after 37 years with the organization.
Canal Flats, Cranbrook, Elkford, Fairmont Hot Springs, Fernie, Invermere, Kimberley, Radium Hot Springs, Sparwood

Crane takes a bow

Cranbrook’s Lee-Ann Crane had a 37-year career with the RDEK, working for the betterment of this community.

A generic ice hockey ice rink stadium with a frozen surface and a hockey puck under illuminated floodlights.
Financial, Tourism

Crunching the numbers on the annual economic impact the Kootenay Ice brings Cranbrook

What economic impact does the Kootenay Ice have on Cranbrook?

Tom and Kathy Frauley, owners and cooks at Dawn's Early Rising Cafe in Castlegar, stand outside their restaurant.
Castlegar, Cuisine

Sunshine and flavour

Come sit down at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe for a family meal

Ralph Casemore and Tanya Wall are redeveloping the former Kootenay Hotel in Creston. The new facility, called Casey's Community House, will likely open in spring of 2017.
Business Beat, Creston, Developments, Real Estate, Small Business, Tourism

Kootenay Hotel redux

A bright new future is planned for the former Kootenay Hotel in Creston, B.C.

A Pomodoro timer sitting on a paper with writing on it.
Fernie, Education, Financial, Small Business, Kootenay Business Coach

What’s your Mount Everest? Part 3

Scheduling daily tasks and then focusing on accomplishing them will keep up your productivity.

Simon Kelly and Angela Peebles are the owners and sole employees of Toast, a breakfast and brunch restaurant in Nelson, B.C.
Business Beat, Nelson, Cuisine, Small Business, Tourism

Toast of Nelson

Delicious, healthy, homemade food is the standard at Toast Restaurant in Nelson, B.C.

The outside and patio of Big Bang Bagels in Fernie, B.C.
Fernie, Cuisine

Get a bang out of your bagel

Taste the quality and freshness in a Big Bang Bagel.

The Patio overlooking Kootenay Lake at Finley's Bar & Grill.
Nelson, Cuisine, Tourism

Homemade food enjoyed in a patio setting

What do you look for in a restaurant—trendy and fun atmosphere, or delicious homemade food? Finley's Bar and Grill has both.

Heddlestone Village has a pedestrian common path with homes on both sides. A woman is using a community cart and a boy is playing roller hockey.
Green Scene, Nelson, Developments, Energy, Environment

Intentional community in Nelson, B.C., wins efficiency award

FortisBC awarded Nelson’s Heddlestone Village an Efficiency in Action award

Practitioners at the Full Circle Health Centre are excited to have a newly re-opened clinic to serve their clients.
Business Beat, Creston, Health & Wellness

Moving forward at Full Circle Health Centre

The Full Circle Health Centre in Creston, B.C., has welcomed new practitioners and is now qualified as a traditional Chinese medicine centre

Ben and Claudia Herrera are standing in one of their wheat fields in Creston, B.C.
Creston, Agriculture

When it comes to wheat

The owners of Treasure Life Flour Mills have invested years into growing grain products that they can stand behind

Tammy Bessant manufactures a self-formulated line of chemical- and toxin-free skin care products called EarthWear Face & Body.
Cranbrook, Health & Wellness, Retail, Small Business, Tourism

News from EarthWear

Lovely, locally made EarthWear Face & Body Products will be a house brand at a prestigious new spa near Cranbrook, B.C.

Master butcher Uwe Gwinner is explaining the aging process, with meats hanging in the room.
Kimberley, Agriculture, Small Business

Gwinner’s is a winner (butcher shop)

Gwinner's Butcher Shop offers natural, authentic European-style meats for every meal