by Marie Milner

A blog showcasing the accomplishments of longtime businesses in B.C.'s Kootenay/Boundary region

Kootenay Business Milestones blog will focus on established businesses with years of experience in B.C.’s Kootenay/Boundary region. We’d like to acknowledge their longevity and celebrate their successes along the way, and we’d like to learn a little about their significant milestones. We also hope to compile some wisdom, guidance and encouragement for the next generation of entrepreneurs.

If you are a business that has been established for 20 years or more, or if you would like to recommend such a business to be featured in Kootenay Business Milestones, please fill out our online submission form, or call 1-800-663-8555 extension 273.

Marie Milner

Marie Milner is a writer and photographer for Kootenay Business magazine and several other publications. She appreciates the inspiration that she gets during her interviews and hopes to share that inspiration with you. View all of Marie Milner’s articles

Recent Milestones articles

The charming and contemporary Adventure Hotel is situated in a 103-year-old building on Baker Street in Nelson, B.C.
Nelson, Tourism The Nelson Adventure

At the age of 103, the independently owned Adventure Hotel in Nelson, B.C., has reached its best level yet.

Randy Smith is the owner and operator of Parslow Lock & Safe Ltd. in Trail, B.C.
Trail, Small Business Safe and secure in Trail

Parslow Lock & Safe is a senior citizen among businesses in Trail, B.C

Paul Whittingham and Stewart Medford welcomed golfers to the Cranbrook Golf Club in late April.
Cranbrook, Tourism A century of golf in Cranbrook

The founders of the 100-year-old Cranbrook Golf Club and the dedicated volunteers who worked with them created an enduring recreational oasis.

Colette and Dwayne Thompson of Kootenay Landscape, Cranbrook, B.C.
Cranbrook, Environment, Small Business Kootenay Landscape: from sideline to success

Kootenay Landscape has evolved from a part-time lawn-mowing venture into a landscape maintenance company employing up to 20.

Logo for Kaslo Sourdough and Pasta Fermentata
Kaslo, Cuisine, Health & Wellness, Retail, Small Business Sourdough goodness

Sourdough may be a good option for those with wheat sensitivity, and Kaslo Sourdough now makes sourdough pasta as well as breads.

Kitchen cabinets made by Bruce Richier of Leaf Cabinetry, Winlaw, B.C.
Castlegar, Christina Lake, Nakusp, Nelson, New Denver, Small Business A career in wood

Bruce Richier of Leaf Cabinetry produces beautiful cabinets and furniture pieces for homes and businesses throughout the West Kootenay.

Paul and Agnez Bowolin and their son, of Nelson, B.C.
Nelson, Financial Facilitating financial freedom

Under its new name, Nelson Family Financial Services continues the trusted practices established by Money Concepts.

Staff and owners of Nufloors Creston
Creston, Small Business Flooring since 1984

Flooring, window coverings and other home finishing products are the specialties at Nufloors Creston, in Creston, B.C.

Tony and Eunice Mulder of Tony Mulder Jewellery, in Creston, with two staff members
Creston, Retail, Small Business Telling stories with gems and precious metals

Tony Mulder of Creston, B.C., wants the jewellery he designs for you to express your personality and tell your story.

2014 newspaper lies on a newspaper from 1894
Revelstoke Revelstoke’s reporter

It’s changed hands and it’s changed names, but since 1894 Revelstoke’s newspaper has consistently informed its community.

Smiling man standing in front of a wall display of backpacks
Cranbrook, Retail, Small Business Twenty-five years in outdoor gear

Iain MacLeod owns High Country Outdoor Gear & Clothing, the shop that’s been his second home since he was 10 years old.

Skiers at the base of a ski run
Elkford, Tourism Happy 40th, Wapiti

Wapiti ski hill in Elkford, B.C., is 40 years old and looking at expansion and development into a year-round attraction.

Close-up of a man with short grey hair, wearing a grey hooded jacket over a grey T-shirt
Cranbrook, Small Business Willow Appliance: product, parts and service since 1975

Warren Bedell is the second generation of his family to offer quality appliance sales, parts and service in Cranbrook.

Two men, one younger and one older, stand under an OK Tire sign
OK Tire Cranbrook is in good hands

Jay Pratt, who has been in the tire business since he was 14, is the new owner of Cranbrook’s OK Tire store.

Three adults and two children in front of a merchandise display wall
Cranbrook, Retail, Small Business Clarkson, to be continued

On the day before his 65th birthday, Brian Clarkson of Cranbrook Photo officially retired after 39 years in business.

Smiling young couple stands beside a white van bearing the name Burridge's Electrical Contractors
Revelstoke, Small Business Smooth segue at 104

Husband-and-wife team Marc (MJ) Joiner and Alicia Winter have just completed their first full year as owners of Burridge’s Electrical Contractors in Revelstoke.

Aerial view of a large lumber yard, including industrial buildings
Creston, Forestry A century behind them

Wynndel Box & Lumber is a family-owned company in Wynndel, B.C., that is entering its second century in business.

Smiling young man leaning against a curved archway wall
Nelson, Tourism Transitioning the Hume

The Hume Hotel in Nelson retains its historical charm while providing guests with efficient, high-tech amenities.

Close-up of smiling man with a merchandise display wall in the background
Grand Forks, Small Business Fifty years and counting

After half a century, B&F Sales & Service is something of a landmark in Grand Forks, B.C.

Modern timber and glass building
Canal Flats, all grown up

The village of Canal Flats recently celebrated its 100th birthday and provided a spacious new office for its administrative staff.

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