December Business News

Brecan Building Systems Ltd., 250-423-1580
Brecan Building Systems Ltd, a joint venture between building design and supply professional, John Merritt, and construction management and quantity surveying expert, Dorian Medlicott, of Medlicott Homes Inc, has opened an office at 571b 2nd Ave. Brecan provides unbeatable fixed-price materials packages or construction to lock-up to the contractor and home owner markets.

Fernie Brewing Company, 26 Manitou Road 250-423-7797
As temperatures plummet and down booties become your closest alliance, panic not, the FBC team are here to warm the cockles of your heart. Fresh off the back of their recent Pumpkin Head – Pumpkin Brown Ale, they have again put their inventive brewing thinking caps on and come up with another tasty treat.

This time they have opted for a robust Maple Porter, going by the name of Sap Sucker, which will be hitting the shelves in December to coincide with the launch of their new and improved community feel website and social networking strategy – which will include facebook, twitter and their FBC blog entitled “The Word”.

Look out for Sap Sucker standing proud amongst FBC’s growing collection of inventively named and popular 650ml bottles. Check out their new website at

Heaven Stitch & Design, 571A 2nd Ave 250-423-6652
Heaven Stitch & Design Company and the Canadian Avalanche Centre are working together to help save lives. Come check out the knit items for sale at Heaven. These have been made by volunteers out of yarn donated by people like you, and are great little stocking stuffers and gifts. All money from the sale of these items goes to the Canadian Avalanche Centre.

How you can help:

1. When you finish your knitting project, pop your un-used yarn in a ziploc bag with the label and put it in the ‘Avalanche Yarn Basket' at Heaven. This yarn will be knit by volunteers into different articles and sold for a donation to the Canadian Avalanche Centre.

2. If you would like to knit for this cause, leave your name and number and the Heaven staff will start you on your way to helping save lives.

3. If you would like to buy a ball of yarn and donate it to our basket, the staff can provide suggestions.

Impronta Design,
Impronta Building Design has moved with Brecan into the new downtown office at 571b 2nd Ave (left of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory). Impronta Design, run by John Merritt, the East Kootenay's only LEED (TM) Accredited Professional, provides building design services from conceptual proposals to full construction drawings.

Jamie Hide Photography, 250.423.3886
You can now locally obtain high quality scanning of old photo negatives and slides to create digital copies at Jamie Hide Photography. Jamie says, "Over the past couple of years I found myself thinking more and more about images taken before the switch to a digital camera. All those great pictures were sitting in boxes in the closet, and so scanning became a priority." Reluctant to send his precious negatives across the continent, Jamie embarked on trials of different film scanners, making the decision to invest in the Nikon CoolScan 9000ED.

In business since 2008, Jamie Hide Photography offers event, commercial, and wedding photography. It also offers imaging of original fine art. Artists can have their works photographed for use in a digital portfolio or for reproduction. In addition, high quality prints and cards can be made, as well as files prepared for large scale commercial printing.

Loaf, 1201-6th Ave 250-423-7702
This December Loaf is celebrating their first year in business by enhancing the bakery café and moving the wholesale bread production to a separate unit. This new unit, in Fernie’s Annex area, will handle wholesale baking and the original location will continue as the retail bakery, café and pizzeria.
The winter season promises to be a busy one for Loaf, as they’ll be supplying RCR’s food outlets, the Causeway Bay Hotel Sparwood, Park Place Lodge and the Blue Toque, amongst other local businesses. Their own café will continue to serve freshly baked pies and pastries, alongside the full breakfast and lunch menu, and of course their full range of breads.
Loaf is also expanding their licensed pizzeria nights to run from 5pm-close every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. As before, you can either dine-in or order take-out.

Think Local First Card,
Advocates for Local Living have a new product to replace its popular Community Coupon Book – the Think Local First card. For $10 you get a card plus a recycled cotton bag to use while shopping locally. Register your card online, and then check for special offers, sales and news from local businesses available to cardholders regularly at You also receive monthly updates helping you to shop locally and save money! Businesses register at and you can purchase your card (and bag) at the Fernie Museum as of December.

Local businesses play a huge role in making our community great. This program helps protect our local economic stability, supports our local business owners, and helps us reduce our carbon footprint.