Island Lake Lodge will be opening their accommodations on July 24, 2020. Photo Submitted

Island Lake Lodge will be opening their accommodations on July 24, 2020. Photo Submitted

Elk Valley businesses move forward in innovative ways

This week’s Business Beat includes Island Lake Lodge, Buds & Blooms, and more

Island Lake Lodge opens accommodations

While the hiking trails, spa and restaurants at Island Lake have been open since June 26, the lodge will also be opening their accommodations on July 24, 2020.

“We needed to take our time and formulate an in-depth plan to keep our staff and guests as safe as possible,” said Mike McPhee, director of sales and marketing, about the staggered start.

Island Lake Lodge will be adding various accommodation packages to their website and online booking engine, which will allow guests to start making reservations shortly.

The Fernie Hotel & Pub brings back popular meat draw

The ever popular Friday night meat draw is back at The Fernie. Tickets go on sale at 5:30 p.m. and the draw will take place at 6:30 p.m. Long standing announcer, Super Dave, will be around to guide the event and to use the new, specially crafted ticket tumbler made by Fernie local George King.

All proceeds from the meat draw for the month of July will go to the Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club.

Buds & Blooms searching for new owner

The popular Sparwood flower shop, Buds & Blooms, is looking for a creative entrepreneur to take over the bustling business.

“Been dreaming of owning your own business? Have a creative side that needs to be exposed? Love bringing a smile to those around you? Now is your chance,” reads a post on the shop’s Facebook page.

In the post, the current owner has offered mentorship and guidance in the handover and encourages anyone who thinks they would be a good fit to contact the shop.

Vogue Theatre announces reopening date

Fernie’s locally owned movie theatre will once again be inviting movie lovers in for a treat. The Vogue Theatre will reopen on July 24 and will be playing “oldies but goodies” every weekend until new films are released.

Classic films Jaws and E.T. will be the first to hit the big screen, with screenings happening from Friday to Sunday at 7 p.m. and a special matinee show at 3 p.m. on Sundays.

Entry to the movies will be $5 and the Vogue Theatre’s staff and owners ask for patience as they “iron out the kinks while trying to follow all the new guidelines for theatres,” said a Facebook post by the theatre.

The Royal Garden invites customers for outdoor experience

The Royal Bar in Fernie has expanded to include an enticing and inviting outdoor space for patrons. Dubbed the Royal Garden, the space features “beautiful local art, cool beats, yummy cocktails and cold beers.”

Although a wood pizza oven is in the works, patrons are encouraged to either order from another local restaurant or bring their own food to the garden in the meantime.

The Royal Garden will be open Mondays through Saturdays from 5-10 p.m. and is located directly behind the Royal Bar.



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The Royal Garden is open now and inviting customers Monday-Saturday from 5-10 p.m. Photos Submitted

The Royal Garden is open now and inviting customers Monday-Saturday from 5-10 p.m. Photos Submitted

The Royal Garden is located directly behind the Royal Bar in Fernie.

The Royal Garden is located directly behind the Royal Bar in Fernie.