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Nelson welcome sign and downtown Nelson.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Nelson Two Kootenay cities made the annual list of rankings compiled by BC Business

The annual BC Business “Most Resilient Cities in 2021” list includes Nelson and Cranbrook

by Julie Matchett
owners of Two Birds Deli
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Small Business The owners of Two Birds Deli in Cranbrook have spread their wings

Maraih Tarasoff and Marina Stropky started off as high school friends at Mount Baker, and ended up being well-matched business partners

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Aleitha Harvey smiles in front of her sign for her restaurant, Ella’s.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Small Business A taste of Jamaica has touched down in Cranbrook

Aleitha Harvey, owner of Ella’s restaurant inside Best Western Cranbrook Hotel, has created an authentic Jamaican experience in the Kootenays

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Kris Eliuk has black-rimmed glasses, a stubbled face and a grey Yoshi hat.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business This hometown Cranbrook entrepreneur fidgeted and spun his way to success

Kris Eliuk, owner of Yellowday Energy in Cranbrook, makes functional metal art, including flashlights, high-end fidget spinners, patches and bottle openers

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Community members and 70th Anniversary EKC graphic.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Elkford, Fernie, Kimberley, Sparwood, Financial East Kootenay Community Credit Union celebrates 70th anniversary by giving back to community

Founded in 1950, the East Kootenay Community Credit Union is celebrating their 70th anniversary on December 14, 2020

by Julie Matchett
Sullivan Landing
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kimberley Growing communities: Cranbrook and Kimberley have several developments in the works

From much-needed housing to commercial buildings, these East Kootenay cities are continuing to blossom.

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Old Canadian Tire building in Cranbrook
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Real Estate Kanas Corporation brings new possibilities to Cranbrook’s former Canadian Tire location

The vacant Canadian Tire property in Cranbrook has been purchased by a Calgary-based development company

by Julie Matchett
Michael Keefer owns three Kootenay companies, one in Rossland and two based in Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Rossland, Environment, Real Estate Michael Keefer: The story of a serial entrepreneur in the Kootenays

Michael Keefer, an exemplary entrepreneur, owns three green businesses in the Kootenays

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KEYSA sports facility.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook Cranbrook’s KEYSA multi-use sports facility almost ready for action

Located in Balment Park, the KEYSA sports facility will truly be a Cranbrook community venue

by Julie Matchett
Employee Shawn and owner of Kootenay Computer, Sebastiaan van der Horst.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Technology Kootenay Computer runs its business a bit differently—hardwired for compassion

Kootenay Computer helps with the digital divide and picks up a Business-to-Business Excellence Award from the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce

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Meraki Mechanical staff in outdoor group photo.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business 13 distinctions via digital at Cranbrook Chamber’s Business Excellence Awards

The winners were celebrated a little differently this year at the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards.

by Julie Matchett
Jennifer Bouchard, new General Manager at the Heritage Inn Hotel & Convention Centre.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality Passionate Cranbrook influencer named general manager of local hotel

The Heritage Inn Hotel & Convention Centre welcomes Jennifer Bouchard to the team

by Julie Matchett
Ground Floor Co-Working space showing stairs and upstairs offices.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Golden, Fernie, Invermere, West Kootenay, Nelson, Revelstoke, Small Business, Technology Eight Kootenay co-working spaces (and one on the horizon) offer community and creative collaboration

They’re a growing trend across the Kootenays—check out this list of the region’s co-working spaces.

by Julie Matchett
A large eagle made of steel framework.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments Fly eagle fly—over Harmony Park in Cranbrook

Ron Demaniuk has steel fabricated a screaming eagle statue in Cranbrook’s Harmony Park

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Kids playing on a log.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kimberley Send your kids on a summertime adventure in Kimberley and Cranbrook

Wildsight is hosting fun summer day camps for kids ages seven to 12

by Julie Matchett
(L to R) The owners of Fire Hall Kitchen & Tap—Fred Williams and Jesse Roberts.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Small Business Pandemic predicament: 5 Tips to help Kootenay business owners survive and recover

Jesse Roberts, co-owner of Fire Hall Kitchen & Tap in Cranbrook, B.C., offers advice on how to reopen business during COVID-19

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Close-up of frozen yogurt with colourful toppings.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Small Business Summertime heat got you beat? Head to Twisted Peaks Frozen Yogurt—the coolest spot in Cranbrook

A new store in downtown Cranbrook is turning up the coolness factor with their frozen yogurt treats

by Julie Matchett
Display of goat milk cheese, assorted meats in basket.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Creston, Invermere, Kimberley, Agriculture, Cuisine At the farm gate: Fresh food, flowers, fine wine and fanciful wares for sale at East Kootenay farms

Throughout the East Kootenay area, local farms and food producers sell directly to the public through roadside stands and farmgate sales

by Julie Matchett
Cranbrook’s brick clock tower and Baker Street.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business Shop Local in Cranbrook

We’ve compiled a list of retail, takeout, delivery and professional service businesses that you can support in Cranbrook

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The word “ugly” is spray painted on a wall.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Cranbrook’s “ugly” graffiti problem is being eradicated by a local crusader

Lynn McIntosh has made it her mission to remove all graffiti from buildings in Cranbrook, B.C.

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Morgan Turner wears an aqua-coloured shirt with a red baseball cap.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Morgan Turner Photography in Cranbrook: Creating images with intent

Morgan Turner, owner of Morgan Turner Photography in Cranbrook, B.C., specializes in commercial and advertising photography

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Jessica Kazemi smiles for a photo.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Small Business, Tourism Meet the new Cranbrook Farmer’s Market manager

Jessica Kazemi, the new manager of the Cranbrook Farmer’s Market, is excited to lead the market into the future

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Large house in background with 'For Sale' sign in foreground.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Real Estate Can I buy or sell a home in British Columbia during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Buying or selling a home during the COVID-19 pandemic in British Columbia? Yes you can!

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Trevor and Jessica Shulist and family standing in front of their business.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Cuisine, Small Business Business is brisk with a COVID twist at Meat Matters in Kimberley

Meat Matters in Kimberley is open for business with their mouth-watering tagline: Meat. Fire. Flavour.

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A deer munching through a residential garden.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kimberley, West Kootenay Deer-resistant plants: Avoiding destruction in your garden

Having a deer-resistant garden is possible with careful planning and some knowledge of suitable plants

by Julie Matchett
Packaging and product of Seedz Crackers.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Health & Wellness, Retail, Small Business Cranbrook’s crackers have healthy Seedz worth snacking on

Mal Paterson, owner of Seedz Crackers in Cranbrook, B.C., discusses why her snack is compelling for people with food allergies

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Baker Hill Heritage Bed and Breakfast is a large brown house with many windows and colourful trees in the yard.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Tourism So you want to run a B&B? Follow these 7 suggestions

Gladys Goss-Laing, owner of Baker Hill Heritage Bed and Breakfast in Cranbrook, outlines what it takes to run a successful B&B

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Interior of gym with exercise equipment.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Health & Wellness Find your tribe at The Den Performance Training Centre in Cranbrook

The Den, a new fitness centre in Cranbrook, empowers people of all ages to embrace their best self

by Julie Matchett
(L to R) Kieran O’Grady, Donna Schwartz, Kimberly Earl, Felicia McKenzie and Sheila Neidig work at Java Creek Café inside Joseph Creek Care Village in Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business REALM can help you fill job vacancies in the Kootenays with intellectually disabled people

Kerry Taylor-Johnson, co-managing executive director of REALM, discusses their recent success at Java Creek Café in Cranbrook, B.C.

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Outside of the New Pioneer Lodge.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Fernie, West Kootenay, Nelson Housing projects create affordable homes for Kootenay-area residents

Local housing projects in the Kootenay region are helping to alleviate the lack of affordable housing in the area

by Julie Matchett
Outside facade of the Armond Theatre.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality Armond Theatre restoration gives aging building another shot at glory

With three new owners, Cranbrook's aging Armond Theatre gets a new lease on life with planned renovations

by Julie Matchett
Lower Kootenay Band Chief Jason Louie receives the BC Medal of Good Citizenship.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Creston Two Kootenay residents receive BC Medal of Good Citizenship

The Medal of Good Citizenship recognizes individuals who, through exceptional long-term service, have made outstanding contributions to their communities

by Julie Matchett
Cam Whitehead speaks next to a projected image.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Small Business, Technology How the Kootenay tech community is thriving (and how you can too)

Cam Whitehead, executive director for KAST in Nelson, B.C., explains how Kootenay businesses can harness tech with simple steps

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A child climbs up a colourful wall inside Arq Mountain Centre.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Top 10 things to do in Cranbrook with kids

Children can climb, swim, bowl and mini-golf their way to adventure in Cranbrook, B.C.

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Riki Unrau smiles.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Kootenay author lets down her (bug-filled) hair

Riki Unrau, children’s author and owner of Soul Bird Studio in Cranbrook, B.C., has released a new book, Bethany Blair and the Bugs in her Hair

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Finger-jointed panels along a conveyor belt.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments From wasteland to prosperity

The City of Cranbrook’s industrial property that faces Theatre Road has new industry in place and great prospects for further developments

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Two pilots in cockpit of small plane.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Health & Wellness East Kootenay region Save-On-Foods stores raise $19,390 for Angel Flight East Kootenay

Angel Flight East Kootenay is a non-profit charity dedicated to flying patients to medical appointments in Kelowna

(L to R): Tanya Malcolm, Ground Floor community manager; Tammy Morrison, CFEK senior administrator; Layla Lye, CFEK client account manager;  Keri Sanderman, CFEK investment fund manager; Sean Campbell, CFEK general manager.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Technology Makerspace at Ground Floor Coworking

Help create a talented and diverse community of entrepreneurs

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Nathan Lieuwen, majority owner; Lee Pratt, Cranbrook mayor; Chris Hebb, BCHL commissioner; and Scott Niedermayer, a Hall of Fame NHL defenceman and part owner of the new Junior Hockey franchise, stand in front of the new Cranbrook Bucks logo at Western Financial Place.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook Cranbrook scores a new hockey team

The Cranbrook Bucks will begin playing in the BCHL in the fall of 2020 and will try and follow in the footsteps of some great hockey teams

by Kerry Shellborn
A conceptual drawing of one of five buildings that will make up the new College of the Rockies residence facility.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments Work begins on College of the Rockies student housing facility

Students to be welcomed to the new facility in fall 2020

Four young girls in high-visibility vests sit on a wooden staircase with bags of trash
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Environment Cranbrook and Kimberley clean up

On September 20, Cranbrook and Kimberley volunteers joined a world-wide effort to clean up our communities and raise awareness about protecting our environment.

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Caliper Machine & Hydraulics owner Mike Hambalek (left) and Troy Ross, Caliper GM, are shown here with some of the heavy equipment that comes to them for repair.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Mining, Small Business Exciting expansion at Caliper Machine

Caliper Machine took a big step in 2019, investing in a second shop, almost tripling its workforce and planning more expansion on the City’s industrial land.

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Anna Lamb is the co-owner of Pro-Fitness, and is one of our 2019 influential women in business.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Health & Wellness, Small Business, Influential Women in Business Anna Lamb is an influential woman in the Kootenays

Anna Lamb works with her family to make their Cranbrook gym welcoming and customer-oriented.

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Monte Smith, owner and operator of Brown Dog Contracting, on site at one of his projects
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Best of Business Applauding Brown Dog Contracting

Clients of Brown Dog Contracting appreciate the team’s professionalism, patience and beyond-expectation results.

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Robin Hicks, new Vice President, Academic and Applied Research, at College of the Rockies.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education College of the Rockies welcomes new Vice President

Hicks takes over the Vice President role from Heather Hepworth who filled the position, on an interim basis, for the previous two years.

Close-up of two helicopters at low altitude
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Environment Cranbrook floodplain mapping underway

The City of Cranbrook had a busy summer, upgrading infrastructure and undertaking floodplain mapping to inform land use planning and future protective measures.

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Gundula Hirn presenting collection at Vancouver Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2020
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality Gundula Hirn, Cranbrook-raised designer, to debut bridal collection at Vancouver Fashion Week

2009 Mount Baker Secondary School graduate amongst designers presenting at Vancouver Fashion Week

Kristin Parsons speaks enthusiastically about the Cranbrook chamber's upcoming events
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Cranbrook chamber creates meaningful connections

The energy that Kristin Parsons brings to her role as executive director of the Cranbrook chamber has fueled new supports for the business community.

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Tim Termuende of Eagle Plains Resources enjoys a sunny moment before heading into his office building
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Mining, Small Business Thriving in the lean years

Despite an extended bear market, Eagle Plains Resources continues to acquire properties and attract attention in the big leagues.

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