Local Business

People purchase ice cream from one of Meedo Falou’s Rainbow Ice Cream trucks, in Tsawwassen, B.C., on Monday, August 1, 2022. Much of Canada has been sweltering, but that’s cold comfort for ice cream truck vendors like Falou, who says inflation and high fuel costs are melting away his profits. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

VIDEO: B.C. ice cream truck operator says inflation is chilling business, despite summer swelter

Rainbow Ice Cream owner says cost of sweet treat has gone up 60 per cent

 

Sherry Benko’s image of a young red fox photographed near Sparwood earlier this year. Her image ‘Did you bring snacks’ has been entered into the BC SPCA’s Wildlife-in-Focus competition. (Image courtesy of Sherry Benko)

Sparwood photographer enters BC-wide wildlife photo competition

Sherry Benko captured an image of a red fox near Sparwood earlier this year

 

Ethan and Lana Dortman. Ethan is the owner of Ethan’s Walking Sticks. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Young Sparwood entrepreneur encourages nature walks with growing business

Ethan Dortman is now selling his walking sticks at Sparwood Save-On-Foods

Ethan and Lana Dortman. Ethan is the owner of Ethan’s Walking Sticks. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Mediation followed a near unanimous strike vote (99.4 per cent) taken by Teck Trail union members earlier this month. Photo: Trail Times

Teck Trail union workers to vote on tentative agreement starting Thursday

Ballots will be tallied and results released after voting closes Friday, July 8 at 5 p.m.

Mediation followed a near unanimous strike vote (99.4 per cent) taken by Teck Trail union members earlier this month. Photo: Trail Times
Jeremiah Pauw (pictured) keeps the bins at his business locked to keep bears out, but has to unlock them for collection day. A new bin he ordered allowed the bin to remain locked all the time. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Push for businesses to lock up garbage in the Elk Valley

WildSafeBC is signing up businesses to secure their garbage and help keep wildlife safe

Jeremiah Pauw (pictured) keeps the bins at his business locked to keep bears out, but has to unlock them for collection day. A new bin he ordered allowed the bin to remain locked all the time. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Jillian Rutherford of Fernie Distillers shows off their new Butterfly Pea Flower Vodka, which is a striking blue. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie Distillers claim another award

The local distillery was named ‘Distillery of the year’ at an industry event in Vancouver

Jillian Rutherford of Fernie Distillers shows off their new Butterfly Pea Flower Vodka, which is a striking blue. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
A snapshot of some of the findings from the Elk Valley Economic Initiatives Business Retention and Expansion report, (Image courtesy of EVEI).

Cost of business, supply chains and housing the three biggest drags on business in the Elk Valley: Report

In a report by the Elk Valley Economic Initative on local business sentiments, businesses shared their thoughts on challenges and strengths

A snapshot of some of the findings from the Elk Valley Economic Initiatives Business Retention and Expansion report, (Image courtesy of EVEI).
Crumbs Cakery and Cafe is to become Crumbs Bar and Grill at the Sparwood Golf Course. Pictured: One of the new dinner menu dishes to be offered at Crumbs from April 4. (Image courtesy of Amy Cardozo)

‘An organic evolution’: Sparwood’s Crumbs to become full-scale restaurant

Co-owner Amy Cardozo said it was a dream of hers to own a restaurant for a long time

Crumbs Cakery and Cafe is to become Crumbs Bar and Grill at the Sparwood Golf Course. Pictured: One of the new dinner menu dishes to be offered at Crumbs from April 4. (Image courtesy of Amy Cardozo)
Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation Ravi Kahlon
 was chided by Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce president Ken Dennis in a Friday, March 18 letter, for making what Dennis termed a ‘misleading’ statement about provincial government benefits for business during the pandemic. (file)

B.C. minister chided for ‘misleading’ statement about pandemic benefits for business

‘Our members have not been filling their pockets with free public money’

Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation Ravi Kahlon
 was chided by Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce president Ken Dennis in a Friday, March 18 letter, for making what Dennis termed a ‘misleading’ statement about provincial government benefits for business during the pandemic. (file)
Louise Joinson, the owner of the new 11:11 Cafe in Sparwood with Cortney Barber, who makes cheesecakes and more in-house. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

New Sparwood cafe serves up in-house goodies

The 11:11 Cafe opened in the Greenwood Mall last December

Louise Joinson, the owner of the new 11:11 Cafe in Sparwood with Cortney Barber, who makes cheesecakes and more in-house. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Simon LaFrançois of Fernie Alpine Springs. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

‘Quite amazed’: Fernie Alpine Springs gets exposure in francophone communities nationwide

The Fernie kombucha brewery got some recent exposure through Radio-Canada

Simon LaFrançois of Fernie Alpine Springs. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
The Local store in Fernie opened on Dec. 15 2020, and has since celebrated its first birthday. Pictured: Robyn Peel and Dawn Deydey of Wildsight on opening day. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)

Fernie’s Local store celebrates first birthday

The Local store opened on 2nd Ave in Fernie on Dec. 15 2020

The Local store in Fernie opened on Dec. 15 2020, and has since celebrated its first birthday. Pictured: Robyn Peel and Dawn Deydey of Wildsight on opening day. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)
The Patch owner Christopher Shurety (right) and colleague Morgan (left) display some of their favourites of this year’s “ugly” Christmas sweater collection. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

B.C. shop sources bounty of answers to the ugly holiday sweater dilemma

Despite pandemic challenges, Victoria’s The Patch on Yates continues its annual tradition

The Patch owner Christopher Shurety (right) and colleague Morgan (left) display some of their favourites of this year’s “ugly” Christmas sweater collection. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
For every bottle of Forager Saskatoon Liqueursold, $4 will be donated to the Elk River Alliance. Pictured (L-R): Jillian Rutherford and Andrew Hayden of Fernie Distillers, with George Greene, (chair), Nic Milligan (director), and Chad Hughes (executive director) of the Elk River Alliance at a tasting of the new limited edition liqueur. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Cheers to the Elk River: Fernie Distillers make festive liqueur with local berry flavour

ERA volunteers havested saskatoon berries for a festive liqueur made by Fernie Distillers

For every bottle of Forager Saskatoon Liqueursold, $4 will be donated to the Elk River Alliance. Pictured (L-R): Jillian Rutherford and Andrew Hayden of Fernie Distillers, with George Greene, (chair), Nic Milligan (director), and Chad Hughes (executive director) of the Elk River Alliance at a tasting of the new limited edition liqueur. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Rossland Prop Master Paul Wagner is hoping to bring some movie business back to the West Kootenay. Photo: Submitted
Trail jeweller Paul Durkin (pictured) was enlisted to design and create rings for the hit Netlix movie Love Hard by props master Paul Wagner. Photo: Jim Bailey

Kootenay props master’s work featured in Netflix Christmas rom-com Love Hard

Props Master Paul Wagner wants to see more movie business come through the Kootenay

Rossland Prop Master Paul Wagner is hoping to bring some movie business back to the West Kootenay. Photo: Submitted
Trail jeweller Paul Durkin (pictured) was enlisted to design and create rings for the hit Netlix movie Love Hard by props master Paul Wagner. Photo: Jim Bailey
The Fernie Chamber of Commerce hosted this year's virtual 2020 Business Awards. (File Photo)

Fernie business award finalists announced

Almost 500 nominations were received for 2021

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce hosted this year's virtual 2020 Business Awards. (File Photo)
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

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

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

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