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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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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
The Stemwinder Chalet offers luxurious but very affordable group accommodation at Kimberley's ski hill.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Simply Kimberley acquires Stemwinder Chalet

The Stemwinder Chalet at Kimberley’s ski hill offers luxury accommodation at a great price for groups of up to 16.

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Estate winery
Cuisine, Small Business, Technology SOAHC Estate Wines opens new facility

SOAHC Estate Wines is pleased to announce the completion of a new state-of-the-art biodynamic winery.

Brad Pommen, director of the new MIDAS Lab in Trail, B.C., brings some serious technology skills to his position.
West Kootenay, Trail, Education, Small Business, Technology MIDAS Lab opens

Director Brad Pommen is heading up the new metallurgical industrial (MIDAS) lab in Trail, B.C.

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Jerry Wood beams from the seat of his shiny Harley-Davidson-powered motorcycle, custom-built by Wheelz of Fruitvale, B.C.
West Kootenay, Retail, Small Business Customized Wheelz

Customized golf carts and motorcycles from Wheelz in Fruitvale make playtime more fun.

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Alicia Gray is the owner-operator of Bombshack Apparel, a new-and-used children's clothing outlet in Rossland, B.C.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Retail, Small Business Responsible shopping at Bombshack

Bombshack Children’s Clothing in Rossland, B.C., is a creative green shopping option.

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