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Heather Lavers recertified as a Registered Massage Therapist in BC this summer before deciding to open her business. (Image courtesy of Paige Mueller)

Fernie getting a new massage clinic in September

Momentum Massage Therapy will provide a range of treatments for everyone

 

The sign out the front of the old Lutheran Church in Fernie is now used to spread laughter. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie Mountain Sanctuary gives converted church a new lease on life

Fernie’s old Lutheran Church is now half a short-term rental and half a home

 

Tricia Clarke trained in Bali to teach yoga and has been doing so for seven years. (Jasper Myers / The Free Press)

Yoga studio hopes to bring healing to Fernie

Tricia Clarke of Mantra Spirit Studio wants to empower the people of Fernie

 

Deborah Davidson said she opens her hives from April to September. (Jasper Myers / The Free Press)

Getting to know your local producers: The buzz on honey in the Elk Valley

The Free Press has a chat with Deborah Davidson of Elk River Apiaries, where her bees produce chemical free honey all along the Elk River

Deborah Davidson said she opens her hives from April to September. (Jasper Myers / The Free Press)
Third-generation Fernie Meat Market owner and operator Mark Brown is set to retire. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie Meat Market up for sale

Long-time owner Mark Brown is hoping to retire

Third-generation Fernie Meat Market owner and operator Mark Brown is set to retire. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Cameron Ezzy has his ducks trained as pest control officers. Through his business, Slugs N’ Bugs for Lunch, he will come to your home and rid your garden of slugs. Photo by Terry Farrell

VIDEO: B.C. entrepreneur opens pest control business with ducks as employees

Slugs n’ Bugs For Lunch will take care of your garden pests naturally

Cameron Ezzy has his ducks trained as pest control officers. Through his business, Slugs N’ Bugs for Lunch, he will come to your home and rid your garden of slugs. Photo by Terry Farrell
While the location is still under construction, Haines hopes to have the shop up and running mid-Januray. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)

New refillery comes to Fernie in the new year

The lifestyle shop, Drift and Sonder, will offer thoughtful goods for the conscious and the curious

While the location is still under construction, Haines hopes to have the shop up and running mid-Januray. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)
Staycation Box featuring an Indian experience. (Contributed photo)

B.C. company aims to bring international vacation experience to front door

‘Staycation Boxes’ launched two months ago, includes food bank donation

Staycation Box featuring an Indian experience. (Contributed photo)
Owner Susan Mould and her teammate Megan Cledwyn stand alongside their new food truck. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)

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Wheelie Good Eats brings European flavours to Fernie’s streets

Owner Susan Mould and her teammate Megan Cledwyn stand alongside their new food truck. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)
Laura Cornale of Laura’s Coffee Corner currently has six employees, down from 16, because most would prefer to stay home and collect CERB, she said. (File photo)

Turning down work: CERB causing issues for some B.C. restaurants

‘It’s the most frustrating thing I’ve encountered, ever, in my life.’

Laura Cornale of Laura’s Coffee Corner currently has six employees, down from 16, because most would prefer to stay home and collect CERB, she said. (File photo)
While other distillers are bottling individual sizes of sanitizer, focusing on larger-size products lets Vancouver Island’s Shelter Point serve organizations like the RCMP, Department of National Defence, Fraser Health Authority, and school districts.

Vancouver Island distillery crafts sanitizer to meet Canadian need

Local know-how, economies of scale come together in Shelter Point sanitizer

  • Jun 8, 2020
While other distillers are bottling individual sizes of sanitizer, focusing on larger-size products lets Vancouver Island’s Shelter Point serve organizations like the RCMP, Department of National Defence, Fraser Health Authority, and school districts.
Many businesses have temporarily shuttered due to COVID-19, but as owners get the green light to reopen some aren’t sure they’ll be able to afford it. (Black Press Media files)

Low profits, few customers in post-pandemic recovery says B.C. business survey

About 43 per cent of businesses say they think they will need government incentives to continue operating

Many businesses have temporarily shuttered due to COVID-19, but as owners get the green light to reopen some aren’t sure they’ll be able to afford it. (Black Press Media files)