Local Business

The first cruise ship of the 2019 season – the Celebrity Eclipse – docks in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

Tourism spending in Canada dropped by almost 50 per cent in 2020

Tourism-related jobs dropped by almost 29 per cent

Summit Cycles and Sports is one example of a successful business in Creston that was supported by the Investment Co-op. (Submitted)

Keep the Money in Creston

At the Creston District Community Investment Co-op, entrepreneurs can apply for loans and investors can keep their money local

  • Mar 30, 2021
Victoria’s Fairmont Empress hotel closed for three months in late 2020, early 2021, to undergo renovations in leveraging slower hotel traffic because of COVID-19 restrictions. A new report from Statistics Canada find many businesses in the accommodation and food services sector are bracing for another tough year. (Courtesy of Fairmont Empress hotel)

Survey finds Canada’s hospitality industry has low expectations for year ahead

Almost 87 per cent of businesses in accommodation and food services report lower revenues in 2020

Sam Baio, owner of Nelson’s Valhalla Pure Outfitters, says he’s keeping his store closed on Boxing Day due to COVID-19 crowd concerns. Photo: Tyler Harper

Wary of the pandemic, Nelson businesses opt to stay closed on Boxing Day

They say the profit isn’t worth the potential of infection

Sam Baio, owner of Nelson’s Valhalla Pure Outfitters, says he’s keeping his store closed on Boxing Day due to COVID-19 crowd concerns. Photo: Tyler Harper
L-R: Kootenay Co-op general manager Ari Derfel, grocery manager Erin Morrison, and security guard Akshay Sharma. The Kootenay Co-op has hired a security company to protect staff from abusive customers who don’t wish to wear masks. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Mask acceptance varies between different business outlets in Nelson

A small percentage of shoppers have tried flouting the rule, and Kootenay Co-op has hired a security guard.

L-R: Kootenay Co-op general manager Ari Derfel, grocery manager Erin Morrison, and security guard Akshay Sharma. The Kootenay Co-op has hired a security company to protect staff from abusive customers who don’t wish to wear masks. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Applications for the first of three pitch competition events at the Nelson Innovation Centre must be submitted by Sept. 24. Photo: Nelson Innovation Centre

Nelson Innovation Centre to host pitch competition

Deadline to apply for the first of three events is Sept. 24

Applications for the first of three pitch competition events at the Nelson Innovation Centre must be submitted by Sept. 24. Photo: Nelson Innovation Centre
Kat Gellerman brings years of experience in the food business to her new store, Chef Sense Supplies, in downtown Courtenay. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Edible straws one B.C. entrepreneur’s latest weapon in war against plastic

Kat Gellerman has spent more than 20 years working in the food business

Kat Gellerman brings years of experience in the food business to her new store, Chef Sense Supplies, in downtown Courtenay. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Lark Coffee offering tasting experience in downtown Creston

Lark Coffee offering tasting experience in downtown Creston

Lark Coffee Roasters tasting room open for regular hours in downtown Creston

Lark Coffee offering tasting experience in downtown Creston
Creston Save-On-Foods raising funds for BC Children’s Hospital

Creston Save-On-Foods raising funds for BC Children’s Hospital

Fundraising in-store and Thunder Cats game may lead to green hair for assistant manager

Creston Save-On-Foods raising funds for BC Children’s Hospital
Furniture maker Nathan Schanzenbach uses epoxy to fill pinholes, cracks and voids in the wood. Here he uses a small heater to bring air bubbles in the liquid to the surface. This large piece, which uses three maple slabs, will become a large kitchen island for a new home in Moyie. (Photo credit Lorne Eckersley)

Wynndel carpenter bring nature’s beauty into the home

Nathan Schanzenbach creates custom furniture from slabs of live-edge hardwood

  • Nov 18, 2019
Furniture maker Nathan Schanzenbach uses epoxy to fill pinholes, cracks and voids in the wood. Here he uses a small heater to bring air bubbles in the liquid to the surface. This large piece, which uses three maple slabs, will become a large kitchen island for a new home in Moyie. (Photo credit Lorne Eckersley)
Value of tourism infographic. (Photo credit Destination British Columbia)

Making it happen: The future of tourism in the Kootenay Rockies

In partnership with Kootenay Rockies Tourism, Indigenous Tourism BC, Destination BC, and…

Value of tourism infographic. (Photo credit Destination British Columbia)
Amanda Murray is the new Creston Valley business counsellor for Community Futures Central Kootenay. (Photo submitted)

Community Futures welcomes new Creston business advisor

Community Futures Central Kootenay (CFCK) is excited to welcome Amanda Murray as…

  • Oct 25, 2019
Amanda Murray is the new Creston Valley business counsellor for Community Futures Central Kootenay. (Photo submitted)
Sandra Heykamp and Kevin Everitt will celebrate their first year in business at Creston Valley Winecrafters Oct. 1. (Photo credit Jenneil Peters)

Creston Valley Winecrafters supports local fruit producers in the valley

Sandra Heykamp and Kevin Everitt will celebrate their first year in business…

Sandra Heykamp and Kevin Everitt will celebrate their first year in business at Creston Valley Winecrafters Oct. 1. (Photo credit Jenneil Peters)
Cannabis growers, processors and retailers from the Kootenays had a 90-minute session with the province’s solicitor general Mike Farnworth (centre, back row) and MLA Michelle Mungall (centre) on Saturday.                                Photo: John Boivin

Kootenay cannabis growers, retailers air issues with minister

Solicitor General Mike Farnworth and local MLA Michelle Mungall host chat on industry problems

Cannabis growers, processors and retailers from the Kootenays had a 90-minute session with the province’s solicitor general Mike Farnworth (centre, back row) and MLA Michelle Mungall (centre) on Saturday.                                Photo: John Boivin
Castlegar police say missing woman found safe
Castlegar police say missing woman found safe
Castlegar police seek missing indigenous woman

Castlegar police seek missing indigenous woman

Darilee Nolie was last seen earlier this week.

Castlegar police seek missing indigenous woman
Ryan Davis started Red’s Bakery in Crawford Bay in 2016, offering homestyle baking from a shop he designed and built. (Brian Lawrence photo)

Red’s Bakery offering homestyle baking in Crawford Bay

Since 2016, Red’s Bakery has offering homestlye baking on Kootenay Lake’s East Shore…

Ryan Davis started Red’s Bakery in Crawford Bay in 2016, offering homestyle baking from a shop he designed and built. (Brian Lawrence photo)
Jeremy and Sarah Smith are the proud owners of Dombelltay Custom and Live Furniture in Creston. Left to right Isabella, Jeremy, Taylor, Dominic and Sarah Smith. (Photo credit Jenneil Peters)

Live edge furniture company opens in Creston

Jeremy and Sarah Smith are the proud owners of Dombelltay Custom and…

Jeremy and Sarah Smith are the proud owners of Dombelltay Custom and Live Furniture in Creston. Left to right Isabella, Jeremy, Taylor, Dominic and Sarah Smith. (Photo credit Jenneil Peters)
Lori Cameron owner of Gift Baskets and Loose Leaf Teas by Tigz Design. (Photo credit Brian Lawrence)

Tigz Designs celebrates 5th anniversary

Lori and Bill Cameron opened Gift Baskets by Tigz Designs in the…

Lori Cameron owner of Gift Baskets and Loose Leaf Teas by Tigz Design. (Photo credit Brian Lawrence)
Ron Mondor and his wife, Lynn, own Destiny Bay Resort and Destiny Bay Grocers on Kootenay Lake’s East Shore. (Photo credit Brian Lawrence )

Destiny Bay Resort continuing East Shore tradition

Destiny Bay Resort became a special place to relax and unwind.

Ron Mondor and his wife, Lynn, own Destiny Bay Resort and Destiny Bay Grocers on Kootenay Lake’s East Shore. (Photo credit Brian Lawrence )