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Recent Features articles

Workers at Notably a book lovers emporium
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business Building a book haven in Nelson, B.C.

The owner of Notably, a Book Lover’s Emporium reflects on a dream realized.

by Danielle Brost
Community Planner Norman Allard Jr.
East Kootenay, Creston, Environment, First Nations Renewed commitment to wetland restoration in Yaqan NuɁkiy

Phase one in monitoring mode; onward with phase two.

by Columbia Basin Trust
Gipman Kitchens COO Nikki Van Boeyen
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Technology From theatre to kitchen design: Nikki Van Boeyen’s unusual journey

Catching up with the COO of Gipman Kitchens & Cabinetry in Cranbrook

by Kerry Shellborn
Cranbrook Farmers Market sign
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Agriculture, Entertainment and Hospitality, Environment, Tourism A love for local: Farmers market season across the Kootenays brings communities together

Local farmers markets help to increase food security and create sustainable communities—check out our list of markets across the Kootenays.

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Amanda Mori
East Kootenay, Elkford, Health & Wellness, Small Business From Ontario to BC: How one health care practitioner set up shop in the Elk Valley

Amanda Mori of Summit Osteopathy makes a difference in the lives of Elk Valley residents

by Danielle Brost
Shot of a field with trees and mountains in the background
Environment Initiatives to strengthen Kootenay ecosystems

Columbia Basin Trust backs four comprehensive projects for environmental health

Cars driving down the road through tree-lined area
Environment, Technology Study discovers viability of battery hub in B.C.‘s Southern Interior

Canada's EV mandate sparks increased demand for battery recycling in business-friendly region.

Creampal  makers with Lees and awards – L-R Sebastien Laberge, Amanda Goodman Lee, Jeff Lee, Joel Laberge.  The Lees used a revolutionary made-in-Canada specialized creaming machine manufactured by the Laberge’s CreamPal company from Quebec. It is the only one of its kind in British Columbia.
East Kootenay, Creston, Cuisine, Environment, Retail, Small Business What is all the buzz about Honey Bee Zen Apiaries?

A story of transformation and conservation in Creston, B.C.

by Danielle Brost
The owners of Ashman's Smash Burgers & Fries
West Kootenay, Nelson, Cuisine, Small Business Ashman’s Smash Burgers & Fries: From a mobile marvel to a brick-and-mortar gem

Aron Ashman and Mandy Mullen share secrets to their sizzling business success in Nelson.

by Danielle Brost
Gord McArthur in front of a climbing wall
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Health & Wellness, Small Business, Tourism Gordon McArthur is scaling new heights via Arq Mountain Centre

The owner of Arq Mountain Centre in Cranbrook, B.C., discusses the challenges of entrepreneurship, and the thriving climbing community he has fostered.

by Kerry Shellborn
Garden centre staff at Dig Garden Centre in Castlegar
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Agriculture, Environment, Retail, Small Business Cultivating sustainable gardens in Castlegar

The owners of Dig Garden Centre are all about community, sustainability and growth

by Danielle Brost
Owner of Life Balance with two other ladies accepting chamber of commerce awards
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Health & Wellness, Small Business Life Balance in Cranbrook promotes women’s fitness for every age

Cyndi Weltz discusses the journey of Life Balance, its impact, and future goals in addressing the health needs of local women.

by Danielle Brost
exterior of Tigz Designs
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Health & Wellness, Real Estate, Retail, Small Business Top unique businesses for sale in British Columbia’s Kootenay and Columbia Valley regions

Check out this list of businesses for sale across the Columbia Valley and Kootenay regions.

by Julie Matchett and Danielle Brost
Black and white image of Tyler Phillipson
West Kootenay, Nelson, Health & Wellness, Small Business Bringing insight to injuries: Active Balance fosters a healthy Kootenay lifestyle

Dr. Tyler Phillipson reflects on his vision for holistic patient care at Active Balance in Nelson.

by Danielle Brost
Group of 5 ladies celebrating wins at Business Excellence award in Sparwood.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Small Business Sparwood’s Chamber celebrates excellence at 2023 business awards

Winners of the 2023 Sparwood Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards were announced on October 19.

Interior of 2nd Edition Coworking in Fernie, showing comfy set of chairs, small table and windows with mountain view outside.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Golden, West Kootenay, Kaslo, Nelson, New Denver, Revelstoke, Small Business, Technology These Kootenay coworking spaces offer community and creative collaboration

Shared workspaces in communities like Cranbrook, Golden, Fernie, Nelson and Trail provide flexibility and support in a communal environment.

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Person on a massage table getting a treatment
East Kootenay, Golden, Health & Wellness, Small Business Purcell Wellness Mobile Massage brings wellness to your doorstep

Kristina Kotila discusses the serenity of running a mobile massage business in Golden, B.C.

by Danielle Brost