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Greg Eaton, Tamara Mercandelli, Caitlin Berkhiem and Christel Hagn, outside Cranbrook’s Historic Baker Hotel.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Soulfood relocating to historic Baker Hotel this fall

In the new location, Soulfood plans to highlight their gourmet coffee bar as well as their organic wine and craft cocktail bar.

Kootenay Ice GM Matt Cockell is focused on community engagement, especially as the team celebrates 20 years in Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality One year later: An update on the new Kootenay Ice regime

Matt Cockell, general manager of the Kootenay Ice, discusses team pride and the club’s “Our Ice” campaign

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A scenic view of the poolside at the Copper Point Resort in Invermere, BC.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial Invermere’s Copper Point Resort changes hands

Copper Point Resort, located just off busy Highway 95/93, caters to golfers, skiers, business meetings, conferences and the independent traveler.

Remi Cardinal, owner of Red Bird Estate Winery in Creston.
East Kootenay, Creston, Agriculture, Entertainment and Hospitality Red Bird Estate Winery — Creston’s newest Vineyard and Winery

Red Bird Estate Winery is owned and operated by Shannon and Remi Cardinal.

West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Finally, the perfect thyme and the right plate

Taking home four golds from our Best Places to Eat and Drink Awards, The Thyme and Plate is a cut above the rest—and they’ve only been open for nine months.

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The Cranbrook Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort opened in 1999. It was the third location to open in the Kootenays, two years after the opening in Nelson, B.C.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism 25 years of Prestige

Prestige Hotels and Resorts is been known for its excellent service and comfortable accommodations. The company has stuck to these values for 25 years.

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Shauntelle Nelson is the current owner/operator of Mugshots Café in Fernie, B.C. She has been there for 10 years now and finds that the relationships she builds with her staff and customers make coming to work every day a little bit better.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Line up to get your Mugshots

This cafe is serving up a different kind of mugshots in Fernie, B.C. You won’t mind standing in a lineup for these.

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Nicholas and Wendy Fominoff take great pride in what they make and can’t wait to share that experience with everyone who comes to visit.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Slocan, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism This Winlaw bakery is worth driving for

Nicholas and Wendy Fominoff have set their family’s bakery apart with their handmade treats and lunches. Here is what makes their place so special.

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Stuart Cope and Crystal Leonard hope to continue on the mission Gerry Taft first set upon when he opened Gerry’s Gelati in Invermere 14 years ago.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business, Tourism Do you wanti some gelati?

The new owners of Gerry’s Gelati in Invermere, B.C., have found the secret recipe for success.

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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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The sow and her babies were the fair’s big hit out of the many attractions that appeared at last year’s fair.
East Kootenay, Creston, Fairmont Hot Springs, Agriculture, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism 100 years of fall fair fun

Here is how the community plans to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Creston Valley Fall Fair.

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Terry Schneider, president of Prestige Hotels and Resorts.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality Podcast: One-on-one with Terry Schneider, president of Prestige Hotels and Resorts

The president of Prestige Hotels and Resorts shares with Kootenay Business some of the company’s significant milestones in its 25th year of business.

Four smiling, bearded young men: Ian McCann, Doug Wagner, Jesse Roberts and Fred Williams, are the team that oversees operations at Fire Hall Kitchen & Tap
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Hotspot: Fire Hall Kitchen & Tap

Fire Hall Kitchen & Tap is Cranbrook’s newest gastropub and craft beer taphouse, located in a cleverly converted fire hall on 11th Avenue South.

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An archery round from last year’s games in Vernon, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Tourism Get your head in the games–the 55+ B.C. Games that is!

With many people coming to Cranbrook and Kimberley for the 55+ B.C. Games, local businesses should see a boom. Here's how businesses can get involved.

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The former Kootenay Hotel in Creston has been transformed, from top to bottom, into Casey's Community House.
East Kootenay, Creston, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality Casey’s Community House brings the “wow” factor to Creston

Casey’s Community House is a new restaurant in a beautifully refurbished heritage building in downtown Creston.

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Full Curl is the first book in the Jenny Willson Mystery Series by Cranbrook author, Dave Butler.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality Full Curl by Cranbrook’s Dave Butler wins the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Crime Novel

Published in September 2017, Full Curl is the first book in the Jenny Willson Mystery Series that features park warden Jenny Willson.

East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Breweries to visit—Kootenay style!

Our region is home to some amazing local breweries. Here are a few of our top choices.

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An artist's rendition of the proposed Fairfield Inn in Revelstoke.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism New 87-room Fairfield Inn proposed for Revelstoke

According the development application to the City of Revelstoke, the six-storey structure would be built along the Trans-Canada Highway, next to the Ramada.

Balfour Golf Course
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Take a 2018 swing through the Kootenays + the Crowsnest Pass

More and more local and visiting golfers are embarking on a golfing circle tour through the Kootenays, making stops at their favourite courses along the way.

Graphic for Historical Federation Conference.
West Kootenay, Education, Entertainment and Hospitality History conference at Nakusp features speakers

The annual 3-day B.C. Historical Federation Conference takes place this year May 24 - 26 at Nakusp.

An artist's rendition of the new Neapolitan-style pizzeria.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality New Neapolitan style pizzeria coming to Nelson’s Baker Street

A complete floor-to-ceiling renovation of the space is currently underway as it is transformed into a new Neapolitan-inspired pizzeria.

Two young women try their skills at logrolling during Logger Sports in Kaslo, B.C.
West Kootenay, Kaslo, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Summer-long celebrations in Kaslo

Come to the party in Kaslo—enjoy the beauty, the welcoming atmosphere, and the many events and activities that mark Kaslo’s 125th anniversary.

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Rob Sorenson poses with last year’s golf tournament banner.
West Kootenay, Christina Lake, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial Christina Lake Fire and Rescue Charity Golf Tournament

Christina Lake Fire and Rescue does good work all year. Join their charity golf tournament for some good work of your own.

by Timothy Fowler
The Colours of Nelson Mural Project was created through a collaborative design process by 16 artists, ages 15-39.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial Art goes public thanks to new Trust program

Columbia Basin Trust commits $750,000 to help communities increase public art

Krista Berg and Patrick Tolchard, owners of Valley Zipline Adventures in Radium Hot Springs, B.C., celebrated opening day on June 21, 2017.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Entertainment and Hospitality, Environment, Small Business, Tourism Aerial adventures in the Valley

Valley Zipline Adventures is a hot new tourist draw near Radium Hot Springs.

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St. Eugene is located near Cranbrook amongst beautiful geography.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial Charity golf tournament planning advice from St. Eugene’s pro Cindy Soukoroff

It’s not too late to organize this year’s golf tournament, but you better get on it!

by Timothy Fowler
First Nations people in colourful traditional dress, at National Aboriginal Day parade
East Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, First Nations , Small Business, Tourism Indigenous tourism is a growing sector

The trend toward experiential, educational getaways is driving a spike in the interest in Canada’s Indigenous cultures and activities.

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Tom Wayman
West Kootenay, Nelson, Entertainment and Hospitality Noted author Tom Wayman launches new book “34 Years Later”

The launch of a collection of essays by West Kootenay author Tom Wayman on Tuesday, May 1 will feature readings and a musical performance.

Esi Edugyan and Steven Price.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Entertainment and Hospitality Elephant Mountain Literary Festival virtual box office opens

Tickets are now on sale for the 7th annual Elephant Mountain Literary Festival, July 12 – 15 in Nelson.

Genevieve Robertson, new Executive Director at the Oxygen Art Centre in Nelson.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Entertainment and Hospitality New executive director at Oxygen Art Centre in Nelson

Robertson is excited to build on the momentum generated from Oxygen’s twelve-year span as the only rural artist run centre in the region.

George and Rachel Freitag are the owners of Elizabeth Lake Lodge, an award-winning accommodation in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Elizabeth Lake Lodge scores again

Appreciation from customers and community are sweeping Elizabeth Lake Lodge to high rankings on lists that matter.

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Murray Shellborn (left) of Koocanusa Publications/Kootenay Business magazine presents Con Murphy of Cranbrook Pest Control with the 2018 Business-to-Business excellence award.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Cranbrook Chamber hands out the award hardware at gala event

The Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce held their annual awards gala celebrating the best in the Cranbrook business community on Saturday, April 14th, 2018.

One of the courses features chainsaw Vancouver Island artist Kevin Lewis who will spend three days teaching skills on the Tenth Street Campus.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Education, Entertainment and Hospitality Selkirk College introduces Nelson Summer Arts Series

There are 13 courses included in the Nelson Summer Art Series that span a range of disciplines which are taught by working artists from around the province.

Western Financial Place, the home arena for the Kootenay Ice Hockey Club, will have a jumbotron installed in time for the 2019-2020 hockey season.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality New features for WFP

Word has come down from the Western Hockey League that Western Financial Place must undergo upgrades to comply with league standards.

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Taynton Bay Spirits in Invermere
East Kootenay, Invermere, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Invermere’s Taynton Bay Spirits captures multiple national awards

The Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition (CASC) recently held their first ever national event recognizing excellence in the independent distillery market.

Bighorn Meadows Resort offers a complete package of luxury accommodation and a wide variety of year-round recreation options in southeastern B.C.'s beautiful Columbia Valley.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Entertainment and Hospitality, First Nations , Tourism True Key expands its family

On February 1, 2018, True Key Hotels & Resorts took on the management of the Radium Golf Group.

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A yurt taking shape.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Yurt development pops up near Radium

Radius Retreat is a yurt development taking place just north of Radium Hot Springs on a 1,000 acre parcel of backwoods land.

Employees of Island Lake Lodge accept the 2018 Employees First Award.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Island Lake Lodge wins 2018 Employees First Award

The Employees First Award recognizes a British Columbia tourism industry employer who has upheld high standards of excellence in human resources.

Carly Hadfield stands before the bar at the Lion's Head Smoke & Brew Pub in Castlegar, B.C., where she is the co-owner and vice-president
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Carly Hadfield

Carly Hadfield deserves recognition for her role in starting a successful taphouse and furthering the craft beer industry in the West Kootenay.

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The Overwaitea Store in Kimberley is one of the stores which recently re-branded as a Save-On-Foods.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality Overwaitea stores in the Kootenays re-brand as Save-On-Foods

As Save-On-Foods, the newly re-branded stores will offer the same great products at amazing value from the same familiar team.

(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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Wabie Quayle of Nelson is making a great success of her business, Starbird Bakehouse
West Kootenay, Nelson, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Wabie Quayle

Wabie Quayle of Starbird Bakehouse creates exquisite feasts for the eye as well as the palate.

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College of the Rockies Invermere sign.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Education, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism College of the Rockies launches first-ever Diploma Program in Invermere

The Hospitality Management diploma program was developed in direct response to needs voiced during community and industry consultations in Invermere.

Smitty's Family Restaurant sign.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality New Smitty’s Restaurant opening soon in Cranbrook

Smitty's Restaurant is a Canada-wide chain of family-friendly restaurants.

A view of The Springs golf course in Radium Hot Springs, B.C.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Entertainment and Hospitality True Key Hotels & Resorts enters Management Agreement with Radium Golf Group

True Key Hotels & Resorts is pleased to announce a new agreement with Radium Golf Group for the management of the Radium and Springs Golf courses.

Luna Festival: Nocturnal Art and Wonder 2017
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality Arts and culture grants now available

Over the next three years, the Trust is expanding its support for arts, culture and heritage with $11.6 million. \

Brandi O’Neil, owner of the Paper and Cup bookstore in Kimberley.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Read All About It: Paper and Cup Opens New Page in Kimberley

Brandi O’Neill is the owner and operator of Kimberley’s new boutique bookstore and cafe called Paper and Cup.

The Kootenay East Youth Soccer Association is gathering funds and support to build an indoor soccer & sports facility.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial, Health & Wellness RDEK Gives KEYSA $130K for new indoor soccer facility

The youth soccer organization is currently gathering funds and support to build a $1.7 million indoor soccer/sports facility in Cranbrook.

Marvin Perry
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Fernie, Entertainment and Hospitality New general manager—Cranbrook/Fernie division Jim Pattison Broadcast Group

Former GM at The Drive/B-104 Leo Biggio recently took a transfer back to the Kamloops market, after being in Cranbrook since 2012.

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