December 2016 Business News

Backcountry Bookkeeping

Nicole Knauf is happy to announce that she is now accepting new clients with her home based bookkeeping business.

Nicole has been providing bookkeeping services for over three years and has completed both her Business Bookkeeping and Quickbooks courses. She can help your business in many ways such as basic bookkeeping, payroll, remittances, and WCB, GST/PST filing.

Nicole is self-motivated, organized, thorough and has a good eye for cost savings. Whether you are a new business in town or an existing business wanting help with your books, Nicole looks forward to working with you.

You can contact her to set up an appointment at 250-430-1610 or

The City of Fernie – Light Up the Night
501 3rd Ave

Have you ever thought it would be wonderful to have an outdoor skating rink in Fernie?  This holiday season that dream could come true. The Fernie Leisure Services Department is working with the Fernie Fire Rescue Volunteers to install a skating surface at the Court House for the first time as part of a holiday event.

“Light Up the Night” is a City of Fernie partnership with the Arts Station’s month-long Sugar Plum Festival. This outdoor community party will be held on the Court House grounds from 5- 8pm on Thursday, December 8. Santa will be handing out goodies and posing for pictures. The Ghostriders are hosting a tailgate party to rally support and give back to the community. There will be hotdogs, hot chocolate, entertainment and local holiday vendors. The ambience of this historical building will be celebrated for the first time with lights and the laughter. Now let’s hope for cold temperatures so the ice elves can work their magic. 

D.I.Y or DIE Supply Co.

It started as a creative outlet for founding member Drew Hampson, and his close friends soon developed job titles within the company. D.I.Y or DIE Supply Co. is a clothing line that is closing in on its 2nd year this month. In that time they have managed to nestle their way into more wardrobes around the globe than ever thought possible.  

D.I.Y or DIE is a group of artists who focus on artwork, rather than what might be the most appealing to the public. It shows in their unique and bold designs. DIY started as a line made originally for friends, and they maintain this in-house and down-to-earth vibe. The people behind production are the same people hosting the booth at fairs, markets or conventions. 

Over this next year, DIY will continue to release eye-opening clothing, sponsor local events, attend craft fairs, and showcase work in local stores. Visit them on Facebook at DIYorDIESupplyCompany.

Essential Yoga Studio
761 7th Ave

Essential Yoga is now offering Aerial Yoga! Aerial yoga combines traditional yoga asanas with acrobatics. Using a soft hammock for support, these anti-gravity aerial yoga classes help to increase your strength and flexibility, which can help with your floor practice. Plus, they are a lot of fun!

Other benefits of aerial yoga include spinal decompression, pain relief, improved alignment, and approaching asanas from a new perspective that can help to ease you into inversions and other challenging poses.

They encourage wearing a T-shirt and leaving jewelry and heavy make-up at home. Sign up online at or email Follow Essential Yoga on Facebook and use the Mind Body connect app for up to date classes and studio events.

Indie Films Fernie – Dinner and a Movie
The IFF committee would like to thank its fans for supporting their new screening time of the first Sunday of the month at 5pm. This new day and time has given IFF the chance to offer a new program to moviegoers, “Dinner and a Movie,” in partnership with local participating restaurants.

The last IFF film of the fall season, multi award-winning Dheepan, screens at the Vogue Theatre on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 5pm. Following this, IFF attendees can visit one of the participating restaurants to receive a special promotion on offer to them there (by showing their ticket stub to their server.) Big thanks to The Bridge Bistro, The Park Place Pub and Boston Pizza for coming on board this program so far.

For the latest information on IFF and its Dinner and a Movie program, be sure to visit

The Loaf
641-2nd Ave

The Loaf has been growing and evolving for seven years, from a start-up in a miner’s cottage to a favourite in Fernie’s downtown. Owners Phil and Claire Gadd have established a welcoming environment with excellent food, made from scratch on the premises daily.

Now it’s time for some changes: updating the interior to make a more comfortable dining experience, extending the list of craft beers and offering more wines and liquor. They are building on The Loaf’s reputation as a family-friendly eatery with a focus on great food; a place for everyone to meet, eat and drink in Fernie's downtown core. 

“Our perfect wish for Fernie is a place with craft beers, a solid wine list by the glass, pizzas, pasta, and some other nice mains, but nothing too fancy. And that’s exactly what we’re aiming to do at The Loaf.”

Open 10am-10pm daily, they invite all to enjoy this rejuvenated space.

The Massage Place – Cathy Morris RMT
592 3rd Ave

Cathy Morris of the Massage Place has recently achieved the designation of Registered Massage Therapist (RMT).

With over 20 years of experience, and a therapist with Canada's National SkiCross Team, Cathy specializes in helping clients treat muscle tension and relieve chronic pain. Every treatment is personalized and effective with solutions through Deep Tissue, Relaxation and Active Release Massage.

The Massage Place is located in downtown Fernie. To book a treatment, call or text 250-423-9677 or visit for more information.

Pickleball Fernie

Pickleball enthusiasts in Fernie have started their second season of playing this fun and exciting sport that is reputably the fastest growing sport in North America. A combination of badminton, tennis, squash, racquetball and table tennis skills, pickleball can be played indoors or out. The game can be easily picked up by beginners and yet be a challenge to those who have a background in racquet sports.

Pickleball Fernie presently has about 30 players who come out and enjoy the game, which is played at the Fernie Community Centre. Membership this year has increased as the popularity of the game grows. Three sessions are available: Monday and Thursday mornings 10-11:30 am and Tuesday evening 6:30-8pm with a drop in fee of $5. Equipment and instruction are available for beginners. All are welcome come out and give it a try!

Realign Massage Therapy & Yoga
1561-A 10th Ave

Realign Massage Therapy & Yoga would like to welcome BC registered massage therapist, Marley to the team.

Marley is enthusiastic about assisting clients to maintain and restore their functional abilities through assessment and a variety of Swedish, myofascial release, muscle energy and joint mobilization techniques. Treatments can be focused on injury recovery, prevention, or general relaxation and stress management. After graduating from the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in 2015, Marley has enjoyed a year in practice and has been exposed to a wide variety of conditions. As she is passionate about snowboarding, ski touring, mountain biking and hiking, Marley thoroughly enjoys helping clients be able to continue to enjoy both their daily and favorite activities. 

Marley is accepting new clients on Sundays and Mondays. To book an appointment with her, please text or call 250-558-8971, or email