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Craig Luke is the operations manager and Alain Chiasson (R) is a new co-owner of Queen City Shuttle in Nelson, B.C.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business, Tourism, Transportation Nelson’s fleet sustained

Queen City Shuttle & Charters has new owners and an assured future.

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Ernest Blackmore heads up the exceptional team at the Cranbrook Arby's fast-food restaurant.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Cranbrook’s Arby’s: simply the best

The Cranbrook Arby’s is providing the best customer satisfaction in the entire Arby’s franchise. Nice going, team!

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Jillian Rutherford and Andrew Hayden stand at the heart of their new business, Fernie Distillers in Fernie, B.C.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business, Tourism Fernie Distillers is first in Fernie

First distiller in Fernie opens for business on Canada Day.

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Owner Kara Clarke is standing in her store in front of lots of jewelry.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Small Business Tumbled Earth lands on Wallinger Avenue

Kimberley jeweller Kara Clarke opens the Tumbled Earth Studio Boutique

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The interior of The Nest features a relaxed colour scheme of blue, grey and black.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Cuisine The Nest: Layers of flavour and ambience

A talented chef finds his roost at The Nest, a new restaurant in Kimberley, B.C.

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Louis Nelson is the new owner/operator at Domino’s new Cranbrook location.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine Domino’s: New location, new owner

Louis Nelson, new owner/operator at Domino’s in Cranbrook, B.C., emphasizes community involvement at company’s new location

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Fisher Peak Brewing Company’s brewmaster, Jordon Aasland, earned a gold medal for his creation, Hellroaring Scottish Ale, at the Canadian Brewing Awards.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Small Business Fisher Peak strikes gold

Fisher Peak Brewing Company in Cranbrook, B.C., has won a gold medal at Canadian Brewing Awards for its Hellroaring Scottish Ale

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(L to R) Co-owner warriors Vuk, Ruk and Wuk—a.k.a.—Victoria Lang, Richard Matthews and Josh Wall.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Cuisine, Small Business “Glory” to Invermere’s Viking bar

Richard Matthews, co-owner of Ullr Bar in Invermere, B.C., has opened a new Viking bar in the Columbia Valley

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Brian Conn is the owner-operator of Kootenay Shade Works and Northstar Roasting Co.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business Coffee dreams

Northstar Roasting Company is Brian Conn’s dream come true.

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Larry and Anita Iler own Fibrenew East Kootenays.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Larry Iler repairs rips, scratches and tears

Larry and Anita Iler are the owners of the new upholstery repair business, Fibrenew East Kootenays, in Cranbrook, B.C.

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Alan Rice stands outside the new BDO office in Kimberley
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Financial, Small Business BDO opens in Kimberley

BDO now maintains a full-time accounting office in Kimberley

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Morgan Strohmann is co-owner of Beyond the Boundary Computers in Grand Forks, B.C.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Small Business, Technology An 18-year-old entrepreneur

Morgan Strohmann is co-owner of the new computer retail and service company, Beyond the Boundary Computers, in Grand Forks, B.C.

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Dan Wall is the owner and communications consultant at Firelight Communications.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business Illuminating communications through Firelight

Dan Wall coaches businesses on how to communicate effectively with his company, Firelight Communications, in Nelson, B.C.

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Tammy Morgan has been the executive director of the Cranbrook History Centre since January 2017
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Tourism Growing collections in history

The Cranbrook History Centre is building new housing for the trains and adding artifacts, fossils, and more merchandise in the gift shop.

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portrait of the new manager, Laura Eadie
East Kootenay, Fernie Fernie marketing agency appoints new manager

Fernie-based marketing agency, birr, has appointed Laura Eadie as account manager.

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The Heartbeet Catering food truck is a brilliant light blue, with the owners, Michel Kuhn and Nicole Vogt, standing nearby.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Cuisine, Small Business The HeartBeet Burger is back!

Two well-loved local foodies, Michel Kuhn and Nicole Vogt, have switched from a restaurant to a food truck—Heartbeet Catering based in Kimberley

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Robin Brazenall is the owner/director of Münter Design & Build in Kimberley, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Münter Design & Build

Projects completed by Münter Design & Build are attractive, functional and sustainable.

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Tanya Laing Gahr
East Kootenay, Cranbrook Kootenay Business alumna new Corporate Communications Advisor with Fortis

Prior to her FortisBC position, Laing Gahr was senior writer for Kootenay Business for five years.

by Kerry Shellborn
Dr. Katelyn Mudry poses for a photo
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Health & Wellness, Small Business New naturopathy clinic in Cranbrook

Dr. Katelyn Mudry has opened her own Naturopathic Medicine clinic in Cranbrook, B.C.

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(L to R) Tony Wagner and Markus Doerner, owners of Flook Digital Media pose with one of their digital sign boards.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Small Business What a Flook!

It’s no fluke: Flook Digital Media is chalking up sales around the world with their “Plug & Play” custom-developed digital sign boards

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(L to R) Phanuphong (Bass), Chansuai (Mam) and Udorn Siri own and operate the Family Thai Restaurant in Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Fab Family Thai Restaurant

The Family Thai Restaurant in Cranbrook has been pretty much an instant success.

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German-trained Uwe Pallas opened Pallas Plumbing Works in Cranbrook in January 2018.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Expert tradesman

Uwe Pallas of Pallas Plumbing Works has transitioned from employee to business owner.

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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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Cass and Matt Peterson have started up a new garbage disposal service in Cranbrook called Synergy Garbage.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Synergizing trash

Matt and Cass Peterson have started up Synergy Garbage, a new disposal service in Cranbrook

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Smart, hardworking and ambitious are words that describe Jaime Dekkers, the new owner/operator of Cranbrook Bookkeeping
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Financial, Small Business Cranbrook Bookkeeping: the next generation

Young Jaime Dekkers is the new owner/operator of Cranbrook Bookkeeping.

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Caleb Willems owns and operates East Kootenay Outdoor Specialist in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Environment, Small Business East Kootenay Outdoor Specialist keeps it simple

Caleb Willems’s goal for his clients is “more garden, less gardening.”

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Brandon Bolen, P.Eng., is a structural engineer who recently opened Bolen Engineering in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail Bolen Engineering

Brandon Bolen, professional engineer, is a natural problem solver.

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Jolene Salanski became owner of the Northwest Grill in Cranbrook on August 1, 2017.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Small Business Next phase for Northwest Grill

Jolene Salanski, owner of the Northwest Grill, looks forward to expanding the catering component of her new business.

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Barb Smythe is the owner-operator of Auntie Barb's Bakery, Bistro & Banquets in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Small Business Auntie Barb, cook and baker

Auntie Barb’s has a new location and an expanded range of offerings.

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A child ziplines amidst a group of trees
East Kootenay, Fairmont Hot Springs, Tourism Zip-a-dee-doo-dah in Fairmont

Todd and Jay Manton have established Mineral Mountain Zipline at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

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Erin Thompson and Brian Sondergaard with their dogs
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Animal Care Kimberley Kritters caters to cats, dogs and everything in between

Erin Thompson and Brian Sondergaard are the owners of the new Kimberley Kritters Pet Boutique

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