Business Beat

What’s new in Kootenay business

The Kootenay communities live and breathe creativity, ingenuity, and talent. From the colourful summer markets of Invermere to the tailored boutiques in Nelson, it’s the people behind the scenes that make business in the Kootenays something to be proud of.

Are you a business owner—or know of a business—in the Kootenays with something new and exciting happening with the company? Please submit your information, and we will follow up with you for a possible entry on this page.

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The front of Overwaitea Foods in Kimberley is pictured
East Kootenay, Creston, Kimberley, Retail Overwaitea to Save-On

Overwaitea Foods stores in Kimberley and Creston have rebranded to Save-On-Foods

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Superstore in Cranbrook is pictured with a sign in the forefront for Click and Collect parking
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail Click and Collect your groceries

The Real Canadian Superstore in Cranbrook is making grocery shopping more convenient than ever before

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(L to R) Kyle Hamilton and Jude Smith are portrayed in black and white against a pink and purple background
East Kootenay, Fernie, Small Business Marketing made “birr”-fect

Kootenay businesses benefit from a new marketing company called birr in Fernie, B.C.

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Darrell Kemle, owner of Kemlee Equipment Ltd. in Creston, posed with a large, red Kubota-brand machine.
East Kootenay, Creston, Agriculture, Small Business Kemlee comes to Cranbrook

Creston-based Kemlee Equipment Ltd. has opened a parts depot in Cranbrook.

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Sophie Larsen, co-ordinator of Cranbrook's Farm Kitchen, is shown here in the shared-space commercial kitchen
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Cranbrook’s Farm Kitchen

Cranbrook’s Farm Kitchen, opened by Community Connections Society of Southeastern B.C., is a shared-use commercial kitchen plus office space.

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Tim Popowich is the passionate power behind Fernie Copper Works Inc., a new business in Fernie, B.C.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Small Business A passion for copper

Tim Popowich loves copper, his chosen craft medium, for its functionality and beauty.

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Brandi O'Neill (L), owner, and one of her staff stand next to a tall shelf of books.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business A boutique bookstore

Paper and Cup is a new bookstore and café in Kimberley, B.C.

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Andrew Hayden and Jillian Rutherford stand together in their distillery.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business Local Spirit. Distilled.

Fernie Distillers is the first licensed craft distillery in Fernie, B.C.

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Tristen Chernove stands in the Kootenay Rockies International Airport
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Tourism, Transportation Calgary to Cranbrook in a convenient package

WestJet Link is a new service that offers inexpensive and more frequent flights from Calgary to Cranbrook

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Barry Marsh stands in his store, Bears Furniture and Appliances.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Retail, Small Business From Sears to Bears

Sears in Nelson, B.C., is undergoing a transformation to Bears Furniture and Appliances thanks to owner Barry Marsh

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Christy King, the manager of the East Kootenay branch of the B.C. SPCA, cuddles a pretty, black-and-white cat.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Animal Care Admin change at EK SPCA

Christy King, a qualified animal care supervisor, is the new manager of the EK SPCA, Cranbrook branch.

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A large Komatsu dump truck works in a quarry
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Mining Japanese equipment giant Komatsu acquires Joy Global

Joy Global in Sparwood, B.C., has been acquired by Komatsu

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A wooden structure is under construction
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Health & Wellness Spacious fitness with a new view

Trevor Zak, Fitness Inc. CEO, is excited about the company’s new facility in Cranbrook, B.C.

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Two pilots stand in front of a small aircraft owned by ELT Aviation, based in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Environment, Forestry, Health & Wellness, Mining, Small Business, Tourism, Transportation Eclipse Helicopters, Cranbrook

A small aviation company is providing important support to the Kootenay region.

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Works of art are displayed to visitors at Adrian Wagner Studio
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business Shooting and showcasing creative content

Adrian Wagner Studio is a new business and showroom for creative photographic works in Nelson, B.C.

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Michelle Tucker is standing next to an evergreen tree in the snow.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Nelson, Health & Wellness A catalyst for moving forward

The Still North Retreat Co. offers customized workshops and retreats

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Terry Bedwell, leaseholder and operator of True Root Café stands at the entrance of the eatery.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Small Business, Tourism True Root—not just for travellers

True Root Café in Cranbrook’s Best Western Hotel offers breakfast, lunch and catering.

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Amy Walker in the black, white and silver decor of Lux & Lace, her new hair salon.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Lux & Lace Hair Boutique

Amy Walker has opened her own elegant new hair salon in Cranbrook.

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Brendan and Paige Mulder run their new restaurant, Mulder’s, in Creston.
East Kootenay, Creston, Cuisine Culinary creativity in Creston

Mulder’s is a new, open-concept restaurant in Creston, B.C., where chefs create meals in the middle of the dining room

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Sebastien Bilodeau-Roy
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Health & Wellness, Small Business Erasing agony

Completely Healthy Acupuncture is Sebastien Bilodeau-Roy’s new Chinese medicine clinic in Cranbrook, B.C.

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