December 2013 Business News

The Arts Station

The Arts Station is pleased to introduce its newest addition to the What the Dickens Christmas Festival, a Community Advent Calendar! From December 1-24 a wooden advent window will be opened daily to reveal an amazing piece of holiday-themed art! These windows will be prominently displayed in storefronts along Victoria Avenue and Highway 3 and will have a painted number on the outside, the number corresponds to the day on which it is to be opened and its creative surprise revealed. These advent art windows will not only highlight the stunning artistic talent that we are fortunate to have but will decorate your days with creative cheer. As a bonus, jot down where the windows are located and drop off or email your answers to The Arts Station after December 24 for a chance to win a fantastic basket full of all of the things you will need to start off 2015 feeling inspired.

Fernie Ambulance Station

This year will see the Fernie BC Ambulance Station's 16th annual Food Drive. For the past 13 years Amy Chris has led the crew, but after Amy's recent transfer to the Nelson station, unit chief, Sheree Haydu, who came from the coast earlier this year, is keen to keep up the good work. Sheree is encouraging her crew, along with members of the local Search and Rescue, Fire Rescue, Ski Patrol and RCMP to help with the food drive on the evening of Friday December 6 or Saturday December 7 during the daytime.

The team is asking for donations in the form of non-perishable food, toiletries, new toys and monetary gifts. A tax receipt will be mailed for any financial donations over ten dollars. All contributions will help the Salvation Army to fill much-needed Christmas hampers.

Listen for the sirens and watch for the lights as the teams come into your area. If you're not going to be home you can leave your donations in a clearly marked bag or box on your doorstep to be collected.

Thank you so much for helping make a difference!

Fresh 10 Nail Salon
Introducing Fresh 10 Nail Salon. After 15 years as a Swim Instructor, Jennifer Champagne began a career as a nail technician in February 2013 by starting a unique mobile manicure service in the Elk Valley, upon completing her schooling at the Esthetic Institute of Calgary. Fresh 10 Nails has now settled into a permanent location on 2nd Avenue downtown Fernie, with some newly learned skills and services to offer. Her specialties include UV Gel Nail Application, Gel Polish Manicures and Deluxe Manicures. In the meantime, she is continuing to educate herself and keep pace with the constantly changing beauty Industry.

Fernie Old School Boxing
A chance meeting with Garth Rizutto who re-introduced and formed The Fernie Old School Boxing Club in 2010 resulted in Mike Johnson joining the club to keep fit. Mike had previously played Rugby Union in the UK and Jersey but had not had any real Boxing experience. In January 2013 Mike was asked to take over as President of the club and continues to run the club successfully.

The club’s workout varies and is a mix of fitness and cardio based on circuit training, bag work, focus mitt work, core work and sparring. Open to all levels and abilities, the club has three evening sessions a week and a ladies only night on Monday. In conjunction with RMAMA the club is hosting Mua Thai for children and adults on Wednesday evenings.

As a None Profit Society Mike would like to thank the businesses in Fernie and the Elk Valley that continue to support the club.

Fernie Wine Club
Give the gift of wine this winter with Fernie’s first wine club program, Wintervino. Offering a gift box for four months with a hand picked bottle of white and red wine from a different country along with few extras, including local recipes, wine tips and tools, tasting notes, travel ideas and more.

Wines are chosen by Natascha and Corinne of Love Wine, Will Travel from the wineries they have visited around the world. Together they operate Fernie-based VM Travel Adventures, providing wine and cultural tours to seven different countries in Europe, South America and Africa.

The cost is $205, call Natascha Radchenko (250-946-6062) to sign up. Gift Boxes will be available for pickup at the Tipple Cold Beer & Fine Wines on the fourth of December, January, February and March (BC Liquor commission laws do not allow delivery). Forty subscriptions of the Wintervino Gift Box Program are available for the 2013/2014 season.

Healing Hollow
472 2nd Ave

Healing Hollow, a local business that produces essential oil blends, has opened a retail space in downtown Fernie, allowing for more remedy blends and for a variety of individual essential oils and healing products to be available. Healing Hollow also specializes in custom blends and loves the challenge.

Healing Hollow began in 2008. Owner Michelle Cubin, believes that essential oils allow healing to take place on a physical and emotional level and that results from oils can be amazing. She believes using oils with children can start a life-long journey of healthy choices, keeping the body in balance as both physical and emotional causes are addressed. When Healing Hollow blends are used in conjunction with medicines, they can also speed up healing.

Made with love, life experiences and a passion to assist others in healing, Healing Hollow hopes you will love these blends as much as they love creating them.

Joan Delich Kindergym Society
Looking for a fun and safe environment for your young ones to use their energy? The Joan Delich Kindergym Society provides an indoor drop-in program for children zero to five years in age providing opportunities to interact and be active! Children can enjoy a wide variety of push/ride-on toys, along with equipment to climb, crawl and slide on, followed by a snack and story/song time. This program operates Wednesdays and Fridays, from 10-11am at the downtown Fernie Family Center. Drop-in rate is $6, with reduced rates available for siblings and multi-use passes. Please note, parents must accompany and supervise their children at all times.

Options for Sexual Health Clinic

In January, February, and March 2013, the Fernie Opt clinic will be open weekly for the winter months! Located at the Elk Valley Hospital, it will be running every Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 8:30pm in response to the growing needs of both year-round and seasonal residents. April through December the clinic will return to its regular hours – open the first and third Tuesday of each month.

Options for Sexual Health (Opt) provides a range of accessible and affordable sexual health services including medical care (exams, pregnancy testing, STI testing and treatment, HIV testing), counselling services and low-cost birth control. Services are non-judgmental and confidential for all ages, all genders and all orientations.

Volunteers are an essential part of Opt. If you are interested in volunteering, enquire at the Fernie Women’s Resource Centre. For more information visit the website or follow on Twitter @optbc and on Facebook.

Polar Peek Books and Treasures
In 2013 Polar Peek Books and Treasures is celebrating its 20th anniversary. As part of the ever-changing inventory of diverse items the shop offers, it now represents five visual artists.

Art has decorated the walls of the shop for some time. Angela Morgan's smaller paintings, as well as the art of previous owner Laura Nelson were the first to grace the walls. Then local artist Tara Higgins's work was added. Recently new to the shop are Jaffray water colourist (as well as previous shop owner) Anne Aitken Anderson, and Ottawa Valley artist Sarah Moffat.

All five artists have their own unique style and technique, offering a very stimulating experience. The pieces also range in size and price.

Drop-in and discover the vibrant new works that adorn the walls of Polar Peek Books and Treasures. Check out the new website or join their Facebook page for more information.