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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Lisa Schulz and France Andestad are sisters who own and operate Avenue, a women's wear shop in Invermere, B.C.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Retail, Small Business Invermere’s fashionistas

“We want every single client who walks out of the store to be in love with the clothing they’re taking home,” said France Andestad.

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Seasons Property Care and Seasons Watersports & Rentals in Christina Lake, B.C., are owned and operated by Brian Coutts.
West Kootenay, Christina Lake, Small Business, Tourism Seasons Property Care

Seasons Property Care Ltd. is a new service for the convenience of Christina Lake property owners.

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Marion Peterson's first venture into business ownership with Refinery 180 Consignment in Grand Forks, B.C., is a welcome addition to the city's retail options.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Retail, Small Business Refinery 180 Consignment

A visit to Refinery 180 Consignment brings fun and profit to the serious work of recycling.

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Evie Tjader
West Kootenay, Cuisine, Small Business Simmer Down in Fruitvale

Evie Tjader is an experienced cook, now serving homemade meals at her new restaurant, Simmer Down Café in Fruitvale, B.C.

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Kris Murrell is a new arrival in the Columbia Valley and the new owner of Smoking Waters Coffee Co. in Fairmont Hot Springs.
East Kootenay, Fairmont Hot Springs, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Smoking Waters, a Columbia Valley classic

A streamlined menu allows Smoking Waters Coffee Co. to focus on high quality fare.

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Invermere's Kanata Inn is owned by the Best Canadian Motor Inns group.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Motel metamorphosis

Invermere’s Kanata Inn is the new and improved version of the former Super 8 motel, and the first Kanata in B.C.

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A group of people stand in front of Elevation Industries. (L to R) Christine Walsh, Christy Sutherland, Lance Edwards, Lucia Glasse-Davies, Sydney Salvador.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Retail, Small Business Yearning for Fernie

This third-generation Fernie-ite has travelled to Chile, Colorado and back home again

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Robin Dixon is standing in the middle of her store, The Grater Good in Kimberley’s Platzl, surrounded by a rainbow of colourful kitchen items—from dishware and linens to kitchen appliances, gadgets, and pots and pans.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Cuisine, Retail “For the love of food, family and friends” is the tagline of this new kitchen shop

For Robin Dixon, opening The Grater Good in Kimberley has allowed her to share her love of cooking and entertaining

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Adam Pomeroy (left) and Rob Gretchen opened Cycology Bikes Inc. in Castlegar, B.C. in April 2016.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Retail, Small Business, Tourism Bike kings of Castlegar

Adam Pomeroy and Rob Gretchen have opened a bike shop in Castlegar, B.C., and business is good.

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Tamara Mercandelli, Christel Hagn and Caitlin Berkhiem are the owners of Soulfood restaurant in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business Cranbrook’s Soulfood

Exquisite, ethical edibles are the trademark of Cranbrook’s Soulfood restaurant.

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Kris Koop owns and operates the Blue Barn Pet & Hobby Farm shop in Castlegar, B.C.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Animal Care, Retail, Small Business Blue Barn business

The owner of the Blue Barn Pet & Hobby Farm in Castlegar loves critters and their people.

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Danielle Ecclestone opened her eclectic novelty shop in Cranbrook in early October 2016.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail, Small Business Fun merchandise at Seams Fun

Seams Fun carries a stock of novelty clothing, accessories and home decor items.

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Mike Combs is pictured
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Small Business Forkin’ out supplies at a new spot

Owner Mike Combs is moving Morrissey Creek Building Supplies in Grand Forks

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Finnish-Canadian Mika Sihvo builds one-of-a-kind portable saunas in Revelstoke, B.C.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Small Business Stoked for saunas in Revy

Finnish-Canadian Mika Sihvo builds one-of-a-kind portable saunas in Revelstoke, B.C.

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As a dedicated arborist, Chris Nicholson goes to great heights in the course of his workday.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Environment, Small Business Black Bear Tree Care, Fernie

Chris Nicholson is a highly qualified, tree-loving arborist who owns and operates Black Bear Tree Care in Fernie, B.C.

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A young man and woman in the backcountry.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Fernie, Sparwood, Small Business, Tourism An Elk Valley snowmobiler with an eye for detail

Callan Senyk is capturing the Elk Valley’s snowmobiling scene with his new business, Throttle Ops Photography

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Don Langvand, owner of Atlantis Antiques in Marysville, is standing beside a very old painting of an emperor executed on parchment.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Retail, Small Business, Tourism Three antique stores, one busy guy for Cranbrook’s Don Langvand

Atlantis Antiques in Marysville and Phoenix Antiques in Cranbrook are the latest additions for Don Langvand, also owner of Dragon Antiques

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Jack Caldwell and Sjanne Beattie opened Kootenay Life Cycle spin studio in October 2016.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Health & Wellness, Small Business Cranbrook loves to spin

There's a new spin studio at Western Financial Place in Cranbrook, B.C.

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Gail and Lorne Knutson stand in front of the  duplex that contains their bed-and-breakfast suite, B&B@228 in Kimberley, B.C.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism An alpine B&B at the base of the Kimberley Alpine Resort

The [email protected] in Kimberley, B.C., gets lots of its business from its Airbnb listing

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Jam Factory co-founders, Cameron and Deryk Wenaus stand in one area of their spacious new downtown Nelson co-working space.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Technology Working together

Nelson tech start-up creating innovative co-working space in historic Nelson building.

by Colin Payne
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