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Aaron Lucke, owner of Wynndel Electric, is providing a mobile solar station to the vendors at the Creston Valley Farmers Market.
East Kootenay, Creston, Energy, Small Business, Technology Solar-powered market

Aaron Lucke, owner of Wynndel Electric, is providing a mobile solar station to power the Creston Farmers Market.

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The Board Room Café, owned by Alf Him, his daughter Savanna Hines and her husband Justin Hines, opened in mid-June 2017.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Board Room Café comes to Grand Forks

Shy? Bored? Need a conversation starter? Sit down to a game from the Board Room’s library, and you’re good to go.

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Kootenay Cycling Adventures is based in beautiful Nelson, B.C.
West Kootenay, Kaslo, Nakusp, Nelson, New Denver, Revelstoke, Small Business, Tourism Nelson’s bike trek deluxe

John Bowden of Nelson, B.C., is working to make group bicycle touring the next big thing in his region.

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Michelle Cubin blends essential oils
East Kootenay, Fernie, Invermere, Kimberley, Health & Wellness, Retail, Small Business The other oil industry

Michelle Cubin’s essential oil business, Healing Hollow, continues to spread across the East Kootenay

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Co-owner Wendy Lyn holds out a two-scoop ice cream cone while standing in front of the Happy Cow Ice Cream's logo.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Fernie, Cuisine, Small Business Happy cows and happy eaters

Taste the delicious, decadent difference when indulging in premium Happy Cow ice cream in Fernie and now Cranbrook.

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Chad Bullock
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business Repairing rides on the road

Chad Bullock’s new mobile repair business, Kootenay Auto Worx, is out and about in Castlegar

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Kimberley City Bakery owners Michelle and Eric Forbes
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Cuisine, Small Business Forbes bakery is best

Kimberley City Bakery owners Eric and Michelle Forbes have been awarded Canada’s most prestigious bakery award

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Long-time hearing specialist Garth Brears has opened his own audiology centre, Burntwood Hearing, in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Health & Wellness, Small Business Burntwood Hearing health

Education to maximize hearing health and capacity are specialties at beautiful Burntwood Hearing in Cranbrook.

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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
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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Silver Water Spa is a new amenity at the St. Eugene Golf Resort. Spa manager Ashley Nicholas (L), and esthetician Nicole Richards are delighted with their new workplace.
Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business, Tourism Silver Water luxury spa

Silver Water Spa is a luxurious, nurturing new feature of the St. Eugene Golf Resort.

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Sparwood's Next Level Fitness, gym
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.

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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.
Creston, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Real Estate, Small Business, Tourism Kootenay Hotel redux

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

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

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

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Practitioners at the Full Circle Health Centre are excited to have a newly re-opened clinic to serve their clients.
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

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Theresa Wood has opened MiCasa Coworking in a lovely heritage house in downtown Invermere, B.C.
Invermere, Small Business Co-working in Invermere

MiCasa Coworking provides office space as needed for local and visiting businesses.

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Deanna Peake and Nicole Leckenby feature merchandise from Canadian clothing designers, artists and artisans at Coal Town Goods in Fernie, B.C.
Fernie, Retail, Small Business, Tourism Sophisticated Coal Town

Canadian clothing designs, art and artisanal merchandise are featured at Coal Town Goods in Fernie, B.C.

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Bill Doeleman, owner and instructor at Creston Driving Academy, is standing next to one of the academy cars.
Creston, Small Business, Transportation Driving safety forward

Bill Doeleman is helping Creston’s driving students learn new skills with his business, Creston Driving Academy

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Celeste Needham stands in front of her store's displays of shoes, handbags, scarves and hats.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Small Business Talaria Footwear in Kimberley, B.C., is for shoe lovers

A new shoe store in Kimberley, B.C., features quality footwear and adornments

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Chantel Delaney is standing in front of the Sprout Grocery sign with birch tree wallpaper on the wall.
Kimberley, Health & Wellness, Small Business Sprout Grocery is uprooted to Kimberley’s Platzl

Sprout Grocery in Kimberley, B.C., has a new owner and a new location

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Real Estate PropertyGuys.com East Kootenay welcomes a new property marketing associate in Cranbrook/Kimberley

Born in Fernie and having graduated in Cranbrook, Ryan Wilhelm has always had a passion for real estate.

Exhibit A Artisan Market Place is a multi-vendor market in Grand Forks, B.C.
Grand Forks, Retail, Small Business Exhibit A Artisan Market

This multi-vendor craft market in Grand Forks, B.C., is open four days per week.

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Martina Danzer with members of her healing herd.
Kimberley, Health & Wellness, Small Business Making magic

Martina Danzer encourages people to step off the beaten track and connect with horses on a deeply personal and spiritual level.

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Cranbrook, Developments Silverado Construction and KD Electric on the move

It's been a busy year for Chase Thielen, president of Silverado Construction and KD Electric.

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Fernie, Tourism Fernie Wilderness Adventures plans to expand

FWA founders Kim and Deb Sedrovic are ready to see their company's dream become a reality.

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Sal Salame, owner of Rocky's Donair Cranbrook, slicing beef for a Donair.
Cranbrook, Cuisine One year and counting for Rocky’s Donair in Cranbrook, B.C.

Rocky's Donair introduced donairs to Cranbrook a year ago.

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