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

Ian Fillinger, senior vice-president and COO at Interfor Corporation.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay Long-time Interfor Corporation president and CEO to step down; new leader at helm

Current senior vice-president and COO, Ian Fillinger, has been appointed to replace Davies in the new year

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Bona Fide, in Golden, B.C., supplies locals (and online customers) find quality gifts for their feminine family members and friends.
West Kootenay, Golden, Health & Wellness, Retail, Small Business Bona Fide in Golden, brings a big city feel

Morgan Jmaiff’s new business offers locals Canadian-owned brands, locally-made vendors and access to eco-friendly companies.

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Noemie Roy, owner of Thread the Needle, is a professionally trained seamstress who works to repair customers’ well-loved items to their former glory.
West Kootenay, Golden, Environment, Small Business Thread the Needle in Golden, B.C., gives your gear a second life

Noemie Roy, owner of Thread the Needle in Golden, B.C., offers clients a chance to repair and restore their well-loved outdoor gear.

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Dan Rothon, owner of Coyote Indie Books, in his store
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Retail, Small Business Coyote Indie Books, for the love of reading

For great reads, gifts and writing support, prowl through Coyote Indie Books in Grand Forks, B.C.

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Crystal Scott, GM at the Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort, sits in front of the fireplace in the hotel's renovated lobby
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Completing Prestige transformation

Crystal Scott is the new GM at the beautifully upgraded Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort in her home town, Cranbrook, B.C.

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Head shot of Kristin Parsons, executive director of the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce and board member of the B.C. Chamber Executive
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Kristin Parsons joins board of BCCE

Kristin Parsons, the executive director of the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce, is supporting businesses throughout B.C.

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A headshot of Paul Bowolin
West Kootenay, Nelson, Financial, Small Business 25 years of helping people plan their future

Nelson Family Financial Services is celebrating 25 years of close relationships

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A headshot of Christina Chalifour with a blue knitted scarf around her neck.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Retail, Small Business Knitting is the new yoga

The Knitty Gritty shop in Kimberley can get you started on a new, healthy hobby

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Kitchen design showroom for Spruced Kitchens
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business Building the heart of the home

Caralee McKinney’s kitchen design business in Nelson is built on her design aptitude, skills and strong relationships with clients and colleagues.

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Heather Lang holds a small sign for Root 93 Dental Centre
East Kootenay, Invermere, Health & Wellness Root 93 smile makers

Root 93 Dental Centre provides more access to dental care in the Columbia Valley

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Smiling Megan Lescanec at Bumble Tree Baby and Children Essentials
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail, Small Business Bumble Tree puts down new roots

Bumble Tree Baby and Children Essentials has found its forever home in a bright new location on 10th Avenue in Cranbrook, B.C.

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Jillian Rutherford and Andrew Hayden, owners of Fernie Distillers, have released their first seasonal gin in Fernie, B.C.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business Fernie Distillers has launched its first seasonal spirit

Fernie’s only small-batch distillery has released a limited release product that reduces local bear attractants and supports wildlife initiatives.

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The inside of Lane & Meadow in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail, Small Business Cranbrook gains a Lane & Meadow

Theresa Kostiuk’s boutique-style shop carries a wide range of home decor, gifts and seasonal items for Cranbrook shoppers.

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Lisa Aasebo-Kennedy is dressed up like a squirrel in front of an informational stand at a farmers market in Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Small Business There’s a new space to monkey around in Cranbrook

Lisa Aasebo-Kennedy, founder of the theatre company Creative Monkeys, offers classes at her new location in Cranbrook, B.C.

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Erinne Allen has a two-year contract for the position of events manager for the City of Grand Forks, B.C.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Celebrations in Grand Forks

Events manager Erinne Allen is planning a whole slew of events for Grand Forks and the surrounding area.

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Ron Fraser stands outside Cranbrook city hall
East Kootenay, Cranbrook New director on City of Cranbrook staff

Ron Fraser joined the staff of the City of Cranbrook on October 22, 2018, as the director of the Office of Innovation and Collaboration.

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Brad Parsell became the executive director of the Fernie Chamber of Commerce on April 8, 2019
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Fernie chamber’s new exec

Oz transplant Brad Parsell takes on a big job in Fernie.

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Darren Brewer has joined the staff at Cranbrook City Hall as the business development co-ordinator
East Kootenay, Cranbrook New member for Team Cranbrook

Darren Brewer is the City of Cranbrook’s new business development co-ordinator.

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Katie Jackson is the owner of Next Level Fitness in Sparwood, B.C.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Health & Wellness Next Level Fitness has upped its game

Katie Jackson, owner of Next Level Fitness in Sparwood, B.C., has a bright new studio and fun, unique classes

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Rod and Tamara Duggan are standing behind the counter of Cobs Bread Bakery and Tamara is holding a loaf of bread.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Retail Cranbrook welcomes Cobs Bread with open mouths

Rod and Tamara Duggan are the franchisees of the newly opened Cobs Bread Bakery in Cranbrook, B.C.

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