December 2015 Business News

Annual Emergency Services Food Drive

On the evening of Thursday, December 3 (5-9pm), you’ll be hearing a lot of sirens around town as BC Ambulance, Fernie Fire Department and Fernie Search and Rescue travel from door-to-door, collecting donations for the Fernie Food Bank. They’ll be accepting non-perishable food items, spices and toiletries. If you’re not going to be home that night, you can leave donations at your door, or bring it directly to the Salvation Army on 2nd Avenue. This annual event is a wonderful way to give back to the community that gives us so much. Thanks for your donations and we look forward to seeing you on December 3.

The Castle on First
461 1st Ave 250-278-8478

This month The Castle on First is having a Christmas Celebration and the whole town is invited! On Saturday December 5 from 2- 6pm, they are opening their doors for a fun-filled afternoon of food by Chef Barrie, music, art show, Castle tours, dance demos, draws and door prizes. The new Yoga and Spin Punch Pass will be on sale for $25 off and there will be lots of great stocking stuffers and Christmas gift ideas on sale in the Castle boutique.

Also in December is the Castle’s 12 Days of Castle Christmas, featuring classes celebrating giving and gratitude with proceeds from each attendee being donated to a local charity.  

The Moon studio now has the same beautiful floor as in the Sun studio, creating a warm and soft surface to practice on.

For more information please visit

Elevation Showcase
598 2nd Ave 250-423-3328

It’s exciting times at Elevation Showcase! This month they are moving to a beautiful new location on the corner of 2nd Ave and 6th Street, in the heart of downtown Fernie. This new space features street-front windows so they can see the mountains all day long, they’ll also offer passers-by a preview of the products available inside.

Aside from the great location and inspiring views, Elevation is in need of a little more space. In addition to key brands KAVU, tasc, ENO and LOKI, they are excited to introduce two new mountain lifestyle brands, Rab and Bridgedale, to Fernie. Rab provides high quality technical outerwear and Bridgedale is well known for its technical socks, great for walking / hiking, mountaineering, running, skiing and everyday!

The crew at Elevation is extremely thankful for the amazing support they’ve received from the community and looks forward to sharing the adventure with you this winter!

Fernie Athletic Therapy and Rehabilitation
901 5th Ave 250-423-4800

Since 2006, Fernie Athletic Therapy has been proudly providing the Elk Valley with one-on-one sport injury rehabilitation and custom foot orthotics partnered with They are pleased to announce that they are expanding services!

Firstly, they have partnered with DJO global to offer DonJoy bracing. DonJoy is well known for their Custom Knee Ligament Bracing and “Clinically Proven Brace and Hinge Technology.” Visit for more information.

Second of all, after attending a continuing education course titled “Assessment and Treatment of Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries and Associated Spinal Dysfunction,” Kayla Neufeld, BSc(Kin), BAHSc, CAT(C) is now offering Concussion Evaluation and Treatment. Yes, concussions are treatable.

To book an appointment or ask a question, visit Find them on Facebook, or call 250-423-4800 or Toll Free 1-888-423-9006.

Fernie School Aged Care

Fernie School-Aged Care (FSAC) has a few updates for the new school year!

First off, they have welcomed two new managers. Jamie is running the after-school club at the Max Turyk  (for IDES and ESM students) and Tasha is in charge at the second after-school club that is located in the Academy. Both staff members come highly experienced and trained for the position. 

Update for parents needing after-school care at The Fernie Academy – FSAC is now open to drop-in and part-time schedules, the program is located in the kindergarten room every afternoon, including early dismissals until 6:30pm. All parents interested are encouraged to have a visit for a free trial and to fill out a registration form. Lastly, the full-day and vacation care at the Max Turyk has extended its hours to suit working parents better (now 8:30am-5:30pm). Visit for more info.

FIRE: Fernie Adaptive Snow Program 250-423-3901

FIRE: Fernie Adaptive Snow Program is an organization that allows individuals with all kinds of differing abilities the opportunity to enjoy snow sports at Fernie Alpine Resort.

With the support of their certified volunteer instructors, Fernie Adaptive’s mission is to give their students the freedom to ski and snowboard, as well as provide the opportunity to see the ability. Thanks to their wonderful sponsors, including Highline 100 and Fernie Alpine Resort, Fernie Adaptive is able to provide their amazing services for as little as $20 per lesson, making their program easily accessible to all.

Those wishing to get involved with Fernie Adaptive, either as a student or a volunteer instructor, can visit their website, for more information.

Grow Children’s Boutique
482 2nd Ave 250-423-4769

Just in time for holiday shopping, Grow Children's Boutique is excited to announce that their new online store is up and running, with new products being added daily! You can create a wish list for any occasion, so family and friends near and far can see what you are dreaming of. Grow offers free local pickup or great shipping rates if you prefer to have your goodies brought directly to you. This is a great way for those of you with family living out of town to get great gifts on budget and save the postage!

IGS Building
441 2nd Ave

Going back to its original roots as the Trites Wood Co., the IGS Building has served as one of Fernie’s primary retail hubs for over 100 years. The Sombrowski family, owners of the building, recently completed extensive interior renovations this fall in order to make room for its two newest tenants: Interior Envy and Angela Morgan Artist.

The reconfigured space offers an open, airy feel, full of natural light, which is a perfect complement to the unique products each new tenant offers. The space also provides a smart natural flow, allowing for easy access to the original tenant, IGS Value Drugmart.

Whether you are searching for some stocking stuffer treats, a new throw for the living room or a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork, be sure to shop local and visit the IGS building this holiday season.

1622 7th Ave 250-430-7950

Formerly know as Amore Esthetics, Lashed has moved locations and is now located at the Best Western Mountain Lodge.

Amore Tolfree, owner and operator at Lashed, has call Fernie her home since 2009 and has been in business since 2010. She is a licensed Esthetician, and continually works to expanded her knowledge. Recently, Amore joined with Lash Empire as a certified Lash Technician Educator. She travels for classes and is also available for one-on-one education when needed.

Amore is very driven and dedicated to her workmanship. She is very professional and sincere at filling your needs.

Although she specializes in lashes, she also offers waxing, pedicures and wedding makeup.

Feel free to call or stop by if you are ever in the neighbourhood or check out her Facebook page.

Parastone Developments

Parastone Developments has broken ground on the first home in Montane, Fernie. Parastone partners Tony Dennis and Jason Smith were on-site for the groundbreaking with hard hats and shovels, and were joined by deputy mayor Jon Levesque and homeowner Jeremiah Macgregor with wife, Terry.

“We’re excited to begin construction on the closest new community to downtown Fernie,” says Tony Dennis, developer and investor in Montane, Fernie. “Now that we’ve reached this milestone, we’re going to start to see our vision turn into a reality.”

While construction has begun on the first home in The Terraces, there are only 12 homes sites left in the first phase of 45 homes and many homeowners will start building in 2016.

Montane’s newest option for homebuyers is an innovative cottage design that maximizes mountain views and offers minimal maintenance. The Cottages at Montane are priced to sell in the high $300,000s.

Spa 901
901 2nd Ave 250-423-7722

Spa 901 welcomes new RMT’s to their team!

Marlaina moved Fernie in 2012 for a winter of snowboarding, after graduating from university and many seasons of tree planting. She immediately fell in love. An avid snowboarder, biker, and outdoor enthusiast, she knew Fernie was the place to be!

Rebecca is from a small town on the Sunshine Coast of BC:  hiking, exploring and skiing are some of her favourite things! Clinically, whether it is a new assessment or massage technique, she is dedicated to learning new things to better help her clients. 

Their techniques vary from gentle, allowing clients to relax and breathe easily, to deeper techniques aiming to release knotted muscles. They work passionately to assist clients in maintaining and restoring functional abilities, with the focus that their clients are able to continue to enjoy their daily and favourite activities, unrestricted.   

Appointments can be made by contacting Spa 901.

Straight Line Bicycle and Ski
461 2nd Ave 250-423-3532

Believe it or not, in Fernie over the holidays numerous adults and kids will go hungry. Anyone that can should already be donating to the Fernie Food Bank, but to sweeten the deal, Straight Line has a great offer running until December 19.

Drop off five non-perishable food items at Straight Line, and they will hot wax your skis for free. All donations provided will go directly to the Fernie Food Bank.

For those looking to donate additional items, visit the Salvation Army at 741 2nd Ave or call directly at 250-423-4661. For more information on what’s on offer at Straight Line, visit