February New Business

Fernie’s Girl Friday, 250-423-3575
Efficient Administrative Solutions. A familiar face from the construction industry, Julie-Ann Harbidge owner/operator of Fernie's Girl Friday strives to keep your mind at ease and keeps you up to date with your business or home. Creating time for you to get out and play.

This new business provides services for home owners and small business operators; generally anyone who has that list of 'to do's' that never seems to end. You may need wedding invites, business cards, mail outs, etc. With an extensive background in print production and efficient administrative tactics, Julie-Ann will get the job done.

Fernie's Girl Friday can take care of your office needs, such as project coordinating, planning, bookkeeping, data entry, and invoicing. Julie-Ann is also available to plan and coordinate your home or renovation projects, from scheduling to project estimates and budgets, application and inspection processes, and purchasing. Julie-Ann helps to make your project run smoothly and hassle free.ferniesgirlfriday@hotmail.com

Impronta Building Design and Consultancy, 250-423-1580, john@impronta.ca.
Local designer John Merritt recently passed his LEED™ Accredited Practitioner (Leading Energy and Environmental Design) exam and is proud to be the first LEED AP™ based in the East Kootenay region. John has been working with local builder Jens Mende of Mountain Recreation Homes for the past four years, designing custom homes and acting as the Kootenay dealer for Linwood Custom Homes.

John’s new company, Impronta is looking to offer the benefits of integrated design to a wider audience. Aware that many potential clients already have plans, or have engaged with an architect or a builder, John can start from a blank page or with prepared plans and guide the process to ensure sound energy and environmental principles are maintained throughout the construction. Even if John’s clients don’t want to certify with LEED™ (or other programs such as Built Green™), the principles of integrated design are becoming ever more valued.

Whilst the globally-recognized LEED™ program has been focused on commercial sectors (recent news would include Seattle mandating LEED™ certification part of their building code, and Vancouver requiring at least LEED™ Gold for any government building) from January 2010 there is a LEED™ Homes certification.

Impronta is currently working with local builder, Medlicott Homes on a downtown project - which is aiming to achieve the Kootenay’s first certified new home (and indeed the highest level, LEED™ Platinum), and with Mountain Recreation Homes on a LEED™ certified renovation.

Living Truth Yoga Therapy Studio, 861-9th Ave 250.423.0833
There is a new private environmentally friendly yoga therapy studio in town, with a different approach. The studio is located at just two blocks from the Fernie Stop and Shop in the Annex. A home-based business in a private, inviting setting, Living Truth meshes the principles of functional movement and yoga therapy into 4, 6 or 8-week programs.

Whether you are looking to relieve stress, enhance your sense of wellbeing, create more ease and flow of movement in your body, gain flexibility or enhance sports performance, Living Truth offers programs or personalized sessions to do just that. “Our goal is to help you increase your mobility, strength, stability and body awareness while providing peace of mind and stillness so that you can function optimally in your daily life,” says Carrie Meyer, owner, Registered Yoga Teacher and Thai Massage Therapist.

Carrie believes that by committing to a series or program you not only secure your spot, you commit to your own development. It allows the teachers to get to know your body and work with your freedoms and limitations. Visit www.livingtruthyoga.com to discover upcoming series, and visit the Shop Local coupon book to receive a discount.

Sparrow for Hair 1221 7th Ave, 250-423-7175
Noel Oostenbrugge and Stacey Goldade chose the name Sparrow as it sounded very organic and suiting for Fernie. Also, sparrows represent freedom and beauty. There are three hairstylists currently working at Sparrow for Hair, Noel, Stacey, and MJ. All three stylists are very passionate about their clients and every client’s particular needs. They have thorough consultations with each client that comes through their doors. Sparrow For Hair has a very warm avant garde, Victorian design on the inside as Stacey and Noel wanted a place that everyone could appreciate and that would feel welcoming and comfortable. They also wanted to bring something new and trendy to Fernie.

Sparrow’s services include: Cutting, colouring, styling, up-do's, deep conditioning treatments and perms. “We are open during the day and the evenings which people tend to really be thankful for. We are trying to accommodate everyone, including those that work and must make appointments after 5 pm,” adds Stacey.