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Born and raised in the Kootenays, Kristen hopes to always call this area home. She studied at College of the Rockies in Cranbrook and has worked in a variety of industries, from agriculture to construction, retail to restaurants. She now brings her understanding of the area to Kootenay Business magazine.

Most recent articles by Kristen Mitchell

A blind golf competitor uses the assistance of a coach as he sets up a shot.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Creston, Kimberley, Tourism The Kootenays: a destination for blind golf this summer

With three events planned for July, the East Kootenay is a busy location for the sport of blind golf thanks to local advocate and competitor, Darren Douma

Practitioners at the Full Circle Health Centre are excited to have a newly re-opened clinic to serve their clients.
Creston, Health & Wellness Moving forward at Full Circle Health Centre

The Full Circle Health Centre in Creston, B.C., has welcomed new practitioners and is now qualified as a traditional Chinese medicine centre

Ben and Claudia Herrera are standing in one of their wheat fields in Creston, B.C.
Creston, Agriculture When it comes to wheat

The owners of Treasure Life Flour Mills have invested years into growing grain products that they can stand behind

Paris Marshall Smith, kneeling in a large cultivated field.
Creston, Agriculture Cultivating opportunity with Fields Forward

The Creston Valley has a new initiative that is moving the food and agriculture economy forward.

Bill Doeleman, owner and instructor at Creston Driving Academy, is standing next to one of the academy cars.
Creston, Small Business, Transportation Driving safety forward

Bill Doeleman is helping Creston’s driving students learn new skills with his business, Creston Driving Academy

The Yaqan Nukiy School at the Ktunaxa reserve in Creston, B.C., has recently opened a new school building.
Creston, Education, First Nations A place to grow and learn

The Yaqan Nukiy School on the Ktunaxa reserve in Creston, B.C., has a new building to best serve its elementary students and community

Trent Mason is the owner/operator of 2 Percent Realty, which is based in Cranbrook, B.C.
Cranbrook, First Nations , Real Estate Two Percent Realty a reality

Entrepreneur and realtor Trent Mason has brought the Two Percent Realty franchise to the East Kootenay

Tammy Murphy (L) and Jessica Piccinin own Quack Me Up! Farm and Hatchery, a duck business that has relocated to Creston, B.C.
Creston, Agriculture, Animal Care A future in her roots

Jessica Piccinin, owner of Root and Vine Acres, found her calling in producing wholesome food on her farm in the Creston Valley

The Ryman family enjoys a kayak/paddleboard adventure.
Castlegar, Tourism Living Endless Adventure

Chris and Andrea Ryman brought their love of paddling and the great outdoors to the Kootenays 10 years ago, and they haven’t looked back

College of the Rockies has unveiled a new logo which, by happy coincidence, coincided with its 40th anniversary celebration.
Cranbrook, Education A refreshed brand at College of the Rockies

With a new logo and brand strategy, College of the Rockies is turning 40 and feeling fine.

Mayor of Castlegar, Lawrence Chernoff
Castlegar, Environment Sensible and sustainable

The city of Castlegar has several green initiatives underway that are good for the city, for the environment and for the people who call the area home.

There are autumn colours on a small tree in the foreground, an old wooden fence and mountains set against a blue sky in the background.
Cranbrook, Kimberley, Nelson, Rossland, Small Business Why we choose the Kootenays

For these business people, there is no shortage of reasons to love living in this beautiful mountain region

Lindsay Reynolds is the owner of Three Sisters Day Spa in Fernie.
Fernie Lindsay Reynolds

After she found a home in Fernie, Lindsay Reynolds discovered a passion to bring the business of beauty to town.

Gina Medhurst is the owner of Kootenay Forge.
Riondel Gina Medhurst

Gina and Cory Medhurst succeed at the unique challenge of running a 21st century blacksmith shop.

Father-and-son team John Urquhart Sr. And John Urquhart Jr. operate Valley Firearms together in Trail, B.C.
Trail John Urquhart Sr. and John Urquhart Jr.

At Valley Firearms, a father and son make sure they can offer the best service to local hunting, shooting and fishing enthusiasts

A woman representing Lethbridge College interacts with two attendees at the College of the Rockies Career and Job Fair.
Cranbrook, Education Discover your opportunities at this year’s career fair

The College of the Rockies Career and Job Fair is set to be another successful event this March.

Laurie Goodlad standing next to some of merchandise at Muriel and Jane's General Store.
Cranbrook Laurie Goodlad

Opening a retail business allows Laurie Goodlad to combine her love of customer service with her enjoyment of merchandising.

Pierre Dupont stands outside the Le Grand Fromage location in Fernie.
Fernie, Nelson Pierre Dupont

Opening Le Grand Fromage in Fernie and Nelson has offered a way for Pierre Dupont to share his taste and knowledge for quality cheese with Kootenay residents

Lori Craig balances on a fitness ball at her business, Better Life Fitness in Rossland.
Rossland Lori Craig

For Lori Craig, the owner of Better Life Fitness in Rossland, work is about a passion for fitness and helping clients succeed.

Kootenay Meadows
Creston Wayne and Denise Harris

At Kootenay Meadows, organic milk comes in glass bottles and raw-milk cheeses are a gourmet delight.

Jenna Merrill is the owner of new business, Cloth Me Closely Natural Parenting in Creston, B.C., serving the Kootenays.
Creston, Retail, Small Business Cloth Me Closely: natural products for Kootenay babies

New parents in the Kootenays now have a local resource for baby products as well as somewhere to find community and information.

Kathy Moore is the new mayor of Rossland, B.C.
Rossland Moore for Rossland

With an eagerness to keep learning and to serve her community, Kathy Moore was successful in her bid to become mayor of Rossland.

A headshot of Mike Martin, the mayor of Trail, B.C.
Trail A chat with Trail’s mayor

Mike Martin, the new mayor of Trail, B.C., talks about anticipated challenges, goals and his dedication to advancing the community.

Deb Kozak is the mayor of Nelson, B.C.
Nelson A new mayor for Nelson

Deb Kozak is taking the lead in Nelson as she steps into position of mayor after nine years on council.

Lawrence Chernoff is the mayor of Castlegar, B.C.
Castlegar Questions for Castlegar’s mayor

Lawrence Chernoff has returned as the mayor of Castlegar, bringing his upbeat outlook back to the city for a fourth term.

Ron Toyota has been re-elected as mayor of Creston, B.C., for his third term.
Creston Leading Creston into the future

Creston’s mayor Ron Toyota has won a third term to continue working on initiatives with a new council.

Mayor Mark McKee of Revelstoke.
Revelstoke Returning to serve Revelstoke

Mark McKee, who has been elected mayor of Revelstoke, is back in office with a history of experience and a plan to get things done.

Newly redesigned labels for beer made by Fernie Brewing Co.
Fernie, Developments Keeping it fresh at Fernie Brewing Company

With a new brew house, storage area and tasting room, Fernie Brewing Company is building a facility that can keep up with demand for its tasty brews.

A financial planner looks over finances on a laptop with a couple.
Financial Growing with Investors Group

A career with Investors Group in the Koootenays means support and entrepreneurship while working to help others succeed financially.

A young woman operates a vehicle while talking on a cell phone.
Health & Wellness, Technology Distracted driving: changes in B.C.

Increased enforcement penalties and an awareness campaign are being implemented in B.C. to help combat the issue of distracted driving.

Kirk Ismay is the owner of Secure by Design, an internet service provider based in Nelson, B.C.
Nelson, Technology Secure by Design: keeping the Kootenays connected

Kirk Ismay is the owner of the local business Secure by Design, a Best of Business Award winner for Internet Service Provider in the Kootenays.

Judy Goodman, executive director of Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce in Revelstoke, B.C., stands in front of the visitor centre and chamber of commerce building.
Revelstoke Moving forward in Revelstoke

After a busy year, Judy Goodman, executive director of the Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce, talks about everything that’s going on locally.

The Dance Umbrella instructors bring passion to their work. From left, Danielle Gibson, Lisa Schwab and Sabbian Clover.
Nelson, Education Dance on in Nelson

For instructors at non-profit studio Dance Umbrella, going to work is about so much more than earning a paycheque.

Stephanie China stands against an orange background in her instructor photo for Revelution in Revelstoke, B.C.
Revelstoke, Health & Wellness Sweat, get fit and have fun at Revelution

Steph China and her husband Jeff Honig have brought their passion for active lifestyles to opening, Revelution fitness studio in Revelstoke, B.C.

A dog sled from Revelstoke Dogsled Adventures leads guests through wonderful scenery along a snowy trail.
Revelstoke, Tourism Dogsledding: a winter getaway

Musher Eric Marsden of Revelstoke Dogsled Adventures is passionate about his sport, his animals and about showing guests an experience in the Kootenays.

Matt Messiha, owner of We Were Young design studio, takes a photo, part of his work as a designer.
Nelson, Small Business, Technology We Were Young design studio launches website

With a successful year behind it, We Were Young, an independent design studio in Nelson, B.C., launched a website and demo reel in July of 2014.

Stuart Ady is the owner of the award-winning business Ernie's Used Auto Parts in Castlegar, B.C.
Castlegar, Small Business A tradition of quality used auto parts

Ernie’s Used Auto Parts in Castlegar, B.C., stays on the forefront of conscientious vehicle recycling.

Tracey Larson stands by a vintage truck bed that features a keg, brewing grains, and a can of beer by Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.
Revelstoke Brewing Begbie beers

The Larsons made major career and location changes when they opened Mt. Begbie Brewing in Revelstoke, B.C., and now the company is thriving.

From left, Selkirk Saddle Club vice president Kelly Richards, secretary Tanya Secord, mayor David Raven and club president Hans Michel join in the ribbon cutting for the new indoor riding arena.
Revelstoke, Developments New arena for Selkirk Saddle Club

The Selkirk Saddle Club, a non-profit equine organization in Revelstoke, has a new indoor riding arena.

Michael Flood and Carol Pears stand inside their business, Mountain High Lighting Designs in Castlegar, B.C.
Castlegar, Retail, Small Business MountainHigh Lighting Designs: a bright business

Michael Flood and Carol Pears of MountainHigh Lighting Designs have found a business niche that utilizes their passions.

A bench overlooking the bottom pond and water slides at the Millennium Park Natural Outdoor Swimming Ponds project in Castlegar, B.C.
Castlegar, Developments, Tourism An outdoor asset for Castlegar

The community of Castlegar, B.C., has a new recreation area through the completion of the Natural Outdoor Swimming Ponds project in Millennium Park.

Susi and Colin Thomas stand at the counter of Crumbs Bakery Café in Castlegar, B.C.
Castlegar, Cuisine, Small Business Oh Crumbs

Crumbs is a small artisan bakery café that is in its first year of operation in Castlegar, B.C.

Joey and Christine Hoechsmann stand in front of the Ashley Furniture Homestore in Cranbrook, B.C.
Cranbrook, Education, Retail New furniture distribution centre

The Bedroom Furniture Galleries and Ashley Furniture Homestore in Cranbrook now have a single warehouse that can better serve customers.

Cheryl Côté is the owner of Esprit de la Femme Lingerie in Nelson, B.C. Shown here with her staff Jody Deverney (right) and Katherine van der Veen (left).
Nelson, Retail Finding a fit at Esprit de la Femme Lingerie

For Cheryl Côté, owner of Esprit de la Femme Lingerie in Nelson, B.C., building relationships and helping women find confidence is just a day on the job

The storefront of Big Cranium Design is a refinished vintage building.
Nelson, Retail A business to fit with life

Paddy Duddy of Big Cranium Design runs a growing screen-printing and design business that was started in his garage

Becky Gilhula is a red seal pastry chef who owns and operates Sweet Dreams Cakery and Sweet Dreams Heritage Inn in Rossland.
Rossland, Cuisine, Small Business A pretty sweet business

For Becky Gilhula, running Sweet Dreams Cakery in Rossland provides an outlet for her creativity and the opportunity to practice her pastry chef trade.

Ian and Deanna Franklin at Shoes for the Soul in Nelson, B.C.
Nelson, Retail, Small Business Shoes for the Soul

Ian and Deanna Franklin have found their passion through running a quality shoe business in Nelson, B.C.

Lloyd Ferguson, owner of Totem Travel in Trail, B.C., enjoys a ski outing.
Trail, Tourism Turning travel dreams into reality

Lloyd Ferguson, owner of Totem Travel, started by handwriting airline tickets for his father—39 years later he still loves the industry.

Dean Beck (left) and Brad McInnes are now practicing as real estate agents in addition to owning and operating Rocky Mountain Appraisal.
Cranbrook, Real Estate Offering real estate services alongside appraisals

For Dean Beck and Brad McInnes of Rocky Mountain Appraisal, expanding their services into real estate is about offering more to their clients.

Brad Crockett stands behind his counter at Crockett Book Company in Trail, B.C.
Trail, Retail Evolving with the industry at Crockett Book Company

For Brad Crockett, owner of Crockett Book Company, running a successful business is a continual process of figuring out what works.