August 2015 Business News

Celebrate Recovery
1622 10th Ave

Celebrate recovery is beginning another 12-step study in the beginning of September. Last year’s study was such a great success, they decided to run it again. This faith-based recovery program provides a safe and confidential environment for men and women who suffer from hurts from the past, anxiety and grief, and from addictions. Celebrate Recovery walks you through step-by-step healing in a loving community.

This is open door to anybody wanting support on Monday evenings at Mountain Side Community Church, 7-9pm all year round. No commitment is necessary.

Columbia Basin Trust

The seventh annual Columbia Basin Culture Tour is coming to Fernie this August 8 and 9 from 10am to 5pm.

Self-directed and free of charge, the culture tour is a great opportunity to meet people behind the scenes at galleries and museums, visit studios and venues not normally open, shop for original art or fine crafts, and experience special events planned only for this weekend.

This year, artist Kathy Stead (86 Ridgemont Drive), the Fernie Arts Co-op (572 2nd Ave) and Fernie Forge – Eye of the Needle Studio (260 5th St) are all participating.

For more information and the full list and artist-venue profiles, visit

Creative Energy Arts Factory

14 Creative Energy Arts Factory dancers ages nine-18, made history and incredible memories this July when they performed in Disneyland.

The first two days the dancers had classes and workshops with the Disney Performing Arts teachers, many who are professionals on Broadway or have danced and choreographed with the likes of  J.Lo, Christina Aguilara and Justin Timberlake. The next day included photo shoots, rehearsals and the performance down Main Street USA in Disneyland, and the dancers performed the same routine in the parade at Disney’s California Adventures and were the guests of honor at the Dancer VIP party the following day.

Creative Energy Arts Factory auditioned three pieces, all of which were selected for the performance on the closing day.

“What was so great was it was all about exposition, performance and dance and not about competition. It was amazing to see this did for the kids,” says Alana Rybar, Principal Director.

Eco Dogs Pet Grooming

Eco Dogs Pet Grooming has been taking care of Fernie’s pets for over seven years, through two relocations and the birth of owner/operator Tess’ two children. She is starting to have more time for work as her kids get older, and is adding two extra appointments a week to accommodate more awesome pooches! Summer brings its own grooming challenges and Tess is happy to discuss different solutions to keep your pet clean, healthy and on the move. 

Tess is very grateful for the ongoing support of this amazing community and the incredible animals that we choose to share our homes with. She hopes to see you and your dirty dog soon.

For an appointment call or text or visit the site or Facebook page for more details.

Fernie Arts Co-op
572 2nd Ave

A fixture in the Fernie arts community since 2003, the Fernie Arts Co-op has grown immensely over the years and now proudly features the work of 50 artists from the Elk Valley, Crowsnest Pass, West Kootenays and beyond.

Each August the Co-op participates in the annual Columbia Basin Cultural Tour, which highlights artists, studios and galleries throughout the East and West Kootenays. The tour takes place on Saturday August 8 and Sunday August 9 from 10am – 5pm. That weekend a number of member artists will be on hand at the Co-op, working on their artwork outside the store (if weather permits, inside if not). Refreshments will be available while you browse and meet the artists. Check out for full location maps and details about all participating venues.

The Co-op also has new reusable shopping bags available for purchase, or receive one when you spend $100 in store plus tax.

Parastone Development

Parastone Developments has launched Stage Three of its master-planned community, Montane, Fernie, to complete the final stage of The Terraces, Montane’s first neighbourhood. Buyers will have 17 home sites to choose from with prices ranging between $169,000 and $245,000. Lots vary in size from approximately 0.17 acres and 0.26 acres. All home sites offer spectacular views of mountain scenery. Located on the east end of Piedmont and Sunniva Drives, Stage Three home sites are situated on the moderately elevated benches south of the Creek Valley Commons.

“Outdoor enthusiasts can now live an active mountain lifestyle in a community located within a five minute walk from downtown Fernie,” says Simon Howse, general manager of Parastone and investor in Montane, Fernie. “We’re anticipating strong sales with our Final Stage release so I encourage interested parties that are hoping to join our active mountain community to act quickly.”

Trillium Day Spa

This August Trillium Day Spa is celebrating its five-year anniversary!

They would like to say a very special thank you to everyone who has supported them on their journey thus far, and has helped Trillium Day Spa continue to thrive.

“We could not have done it without our amazing clients and supportive community, and we look forward to taking care of and pampering you for many years to come,” says owner, Chantel Belanger.

For more information, or to use Trillium Day Spa’s new online booking system, visit their site at

Wapiti – Fernie Music Festival

Visual artists Laura Nelson and film and theatre designer Flo May Barrett have joined forces to create an interactive art installation.   

Collaborating with local Fernie artists, they are creating three unique sculptures that address the ideas of flora, fauna and water here in the elk valley. 

With generous support from the Columbia Basin Trust, their aim is to invoke ideas of stewardship and foster a deeper sense of community mindfulness through these interactive sculptures. 

They would like to invite the community to help in the creation of these sculptures. A drop-in crafting day will be happening at Eye Of The Needle on August 2 from 10am-5pm. 

All drop-in crafts are free, and they encourage people of all ages to come and get their hands dirty. 

The sculptures will be on display during Wapiti Music Festival, August 7 and 8 at the Duck Pond.