Business Beat

What’s new in Kootenay business

The Kootenay communities live and breathe creativity, ingenuity, and talent. From the colourful summer markets of Invermere to the tailored boutiques in Nelson, it’s the people behind the scenes that make business in the Kootenays something to be proud of.

Are you a business owner—or know of a business—in the Kootenays with something new and exciting happening with the company? Please submit your information, and we will follow up with you for a possible entry on this page.

Recent Business Beat articles

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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