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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Brad Parsell became the executive director of the Fernie Chamber of Commerce on April 8, 2019
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Fernie chamber’s new exec

Oz transplant Brad Parsell takes on a big job in Fernie.

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Darren Brewer has joined the staff at Cranbrook City Hall as the business development co-ordinator
East Kootenay, Cranbrook New member for Team Cranbrook

Darren Brewer is the City of Cranbrook’s new business development co-ordinator.

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Katie Jackson is the owner of Next Level Fitness in Sparwood, B.C.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Health & Wellness Next Level Fitness has upped its game

Katie Jackson, owner of Next Level Fitness in Sparwood, B.C., has a bright new studio and fun, unique classes

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Rod and Tamara Duggan are standing behind the counter of Cobs Bread Bakery and Tamara is holding a loaf of bread.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Retail Cranbrook welcomes Cobs Bread with open mouths

Rod and Tamara Duggan are the franchisees of the newly opened Cobs Bread Bakery in Cranbrook, B.C.

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Tiny Greens in Nelson, B.C. Growing microgreens for local restaurants and homes.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Agriculture, Cuisine, Health & Wellness, Small Business Tiny Greens grow in Nelson, B.C.

Matt Kelk’s new business supplies local residents with microgreens year-round.

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Fred Searle is standing in the crafts store near a row of paints and stretched canvases.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail, Small Business Put down your phone and pick up a paintbrush

Kootenay Arts and Crafts opens on Baker Street in Cranbrook, B.C.

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Wylie Jack Tap Handles & Branding in Invermere.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Retail, Small Business Wylie Jack Tap Handles & Branding taps into Budweiser

Richard and Karen Gendron of Invermere find a new client in Budweiser, designing and producing tap handles for the industry giant’s cold-tapped beer.

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The Sirdar Station Pub has undergone renovations but still maintains its historic charm.
East Kootenay, Creston, Cuisine, Small Business Renovations 90 years in the making at the Sirdar Station Pub

Charly Harwood has (re)done it all at the Sirdar Station Pub

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Diana Fox is standing in front of display shelves of glass items.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Retail, Small Business A curated collection of glistening glass awaits

The Mountain Grass Glass Gallery is a new shop in Kimberley, B.C.

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Erin Dalton stands in front of shelves of books.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail, Small Business Enjoy the freshness of Huckleberry Books in Cranbrook

Lotus Books in Cranbrook has moved and rebranded as Huckleberry Books

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Maryann Puliz is the owner and trainer at FiTBoX Cross Training in Castlegar.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business Strong is the new sexy at FiTBoX Cross Training in Castlegar

Maryann Puliz, owner and trainer at FiTBoX Cross Training in Castlegar, B.C., has combined kickboxing and crossfit into a stellar workout

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Mike Konkin, one of the owners of Trail Hammer and Bolt, is standing in front of the store counter with goods for sale in the back.
West Kootenay, Trail, Retail, Small Business Trail Hammer and Bolt gets the job done

Trail Hammer and Bolt is a new business in Trail, B.C.

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Denise Nagai is standing in front of fabric panels of wild animals.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail, Small Business There’s always time for quilting

The newly opened Ragtime Quilts in Cranbrook offers workshops and classes

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Angela Ross and Dan Steele
East Kootenay, Invermere, Cuisine, Health & Wellness, Retail, Small Business Sobeys welcomes Angela’s Organic Pasta

Angela’s Organic Pasta in Invermere blends authentic methods with good-for-you ingredients. Its products are soon to be on Sobeys' shelves.

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Joey Christensen has set Yogi Berri Café’s foundation in concrete at a commercial location.
West Kootenay, Trail, Cuisine Yo yo, Boo Boo, Yogi Berri ain’t movin’ anymore

Joey Christensen, owner of Yogi Berri Café in Trail, B.C., has more food options than a pic-a-nic basket

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Milena Huebener (L) and Kyla Gent are the owners of Glow Decor Rentals in Invermere.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Small Business Furniture that Glows

Kyla Gent and Milena Huebener, owners of Glow Decor Rentals in Invermere, B.C., rent vintage and modern lounge furniture for idyllic weddings and events

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Shown are Angela and Perry Symes, who opened Black Dog Cycle and Ski in Kimberley's Platzl this summer.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Retail, Small Business Black Dog Cycle and Ski in Kimberley, B.C., will fuel your fitness goals

Black Dog Cycle and Ski is contributing to the small-business climate thriving in Kimberley’s Platzl

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Zoe Ferguson, co-owner of Treehouse Toy Co., holds a stack of games in her newly opened store in Kimberley's Platzl.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Retail, Small Business Kimberley welcomes the Treehouse Toy Co.

With perfect timing for the holidays, Zoe and Sheldon Ferguson opened the Treehouse Toy Co. in Kimberley, B.C., in November

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Brittney Dickson (on left) takes some women out for a ride during one of Stay Wild Backcountry Skills’ Ladies Sled Shred Camps.
West Kootenay, Golden, Small Business, Tourism A Golden business idea

Brittney Dickson, owner, lead instructor and coach for sled and touring camps at Stay Wild Backcountry Skills in Golden, B.C., teaches courses for women

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“I have always loved fashion and vintage clothing,” said Zabrina Nelson, owner of Revival Boutique. She runs the store with her business partner and daughter, Madyson Hartwig.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Retail, Small Business Revival Boutique has been rebirthed in Castlegar

Zabrina Nelson, owner of Revival Boutique, has moved her clothing store from Rossland to Castlegar

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