December 2020 Business News

Fernie Arts Co-op
572 2nd Ave

The Fernie Arts Co-op features the work of over 40 local artisans and makers living from Jaffray to Crowsnest Pass. The gallery offers original paintings and reproductions, photography, pottery, woodworking, jewelry, knitted toques, textiles, leatherwork, glass art, cigar box guitars, handmade soaps and more. Their annual “We Pay the Tax Sale” is scheduled for Saturday, December 5.  The Fernie Arts Co-op has also chosen Angel Flight East Kootenay as their featured charity with artists donating 1% of total December sales to this local essential service.  

COVID-19 precautions will be in place for your safe in-store shopping needs. Visit them on Facebook, Instagram or email with inquiries. Gift certificates are available in store and online at The Fernie Arts Co-op wishes everyone a safe and joyous holiday season!

Fernie Museum
491 2nd Ave

The Chautauqua and Fall Fair, hosted annually by the Fernie Museum has adapted and evolved like many popular local events. Instead of a single festival weekend, the Museum is hosting the Chautauqua 2020 Program Series starting this December and running through to March.

The first will be the opening of the exhibit, Fabrics Through History featuring work by the Fernie Spinners and Weavers Guild. Guest curator Laura Nelson will  “untangle the ancient arts of spinning, weaving, knitting and felting” in a historical retrospective of fibre arts. The exhibit opens December 6.

Other events include online vlogs, Cabinet of Curiosities by Museum Collections Manager Lindsay Vallance, A Chautauqua Christmas, and partner events including the REEL Canadian Film Festival and Griz Days.

Make sure to check out the Trites Wood Co. Limited shop in the Museum this holiday season featuring a curated collection and artwork and products by local artisans.

Fernie Stationers
1501 9th Ave

Fernie Stationers is excited to announce its new location at 1501 9th Avenue in the Annex!

After 26 years in the downtown location, the small, family run business has moved to allow for it to expand in response to demand and to cater to your needs. As well as office supplies and home office furnishings, they carry a variety of art supplies for drawing, painting, and other mediums as well as extensive items for crafts.

Fernie Stationers also offer copying, printing, scanning, laminating, binding, and fax services and continues to offer FREE in-town deliveries. Be sure to check out their new, larger, location, stock up on supplies or find the perfect Christmas gift for that budding artist in your life. 

Visit them on social media @FernieStationers

Lots of Knots Fernie

LOTS of Knots Fernie has been in the knitting business for just over a year now and continues to create new styles and patterns in a wide range of colours.

As their merchandizing has been compromised due to the pandemic, they have decided to establish an online presence. This is an exciting and very busy time for them, but thanks to a local web design company, Elk River Web, they have had plenty of help with the technology.

Rachel and Sarah would like to thank all of their valued customers for their continued support. They look forward to keeping you warm and cozy this winter season and encourage you to shop their online store - this holiday season!

After two successful years the popular January challenge returns… with a difference.

The #FernieStreak is simple. Each day in January, get outside for 30 minutes of activity –walking, hiking, biking, Nordic/downhill skiing, running, skating, shoveling... a great way to appreciate the physical and mental health benefits of getting outside and being active.

The #FernieStreak2021 has some unique additions: online registration/daily tracking (sign up the entire family - kids and dogs too!); bubble-only adventuring; and raising money for a worthwhile cause.
The 2020 Starlite Campaign – Not Alone, is an East Kootenay Foundation for Health project, raising $1.4m to support the opening of Foundry East Kootenay – offering young people ages 12-24 health and wellness resources, services and supports, and is the recipient of this year’s #FernieStreak.

Online registration for #FernieStreak2021 opens mid-December, watch for the popular calendar and ‘how-to-streak’ tips in the January Fix and join the #FernieStreak group on Facebook to stay up to date.

H Squared Gallery 
598 2nd Ave

H Squared Gallery is excited to announce the coming together of its gallery and studio spaces. 

“We are feeling SUPER lucky to have the best frontage in Fernie. What a great opportunity for us to showcase the new works, artists and makers at the ever-evolving h squared. In the past month, alone, we have welcomed Lucy Schappy, a painter of the bright and colourful, and the pottery of So Where Projects, Discovery Ceramics and Hillfolk Pottery. We are proud to be a solely Canadian gallery.”

H Squared is now offering workshops, paint nights and private bubble parties in house. Our private parties start at $45 a head and are the perfect way to have a fun night out painting, playing with clay or doing a collage in your bubble during these times. Perfect for any age or skill level. Head to for more details.

632 2nd Ave 

Wildsight Elk Valley is proud to announce that Local will soon be opening its doors in a new location in the downtown core. Local anticipates opening their doors just in time for the holiday season. Customers will be able to order online for pick up or delivery or visit the new retail location situated at 632 2nd Ave, previously Freshies Cafe. 

Local is a project of Wildsight Elk Valley and the Mountain Market that aims to increase year-round access to local food from nearby farms and small producers. Their Harvest Online Orders hosted in October and November saw over $12,000 in local food sales.

Wildsight encourages you to think local and shop local this holiday season and stock up for your holiday meals at Local. Learn more and join the Local Fresh Picks Club at

Salvation Army Fernie
741 2nd Ave

This holiday season, the Fernie Salvation Army needs support more than ever, with increased demand for the services they provide due to COVID-19. Our communities have been impacted and 
this is our opportunity to support those most effected. The Kettle Campaign will be taking place, collecting monetary donations throughout Fernie. Additionally, the Salvation Army accepts donations of perishable items to ensure their food bank is full for those in need. 

Majors Kirk and Linda Green are passionate about their community and dedicated to ensuring they have the means to support their patrons, which have more than doubled this year. The Food Bank is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 11am-1pm. 250-423-4661 for information on this service, or if you would like to donate or volunteer.