July 2016 Business News

The Blue Toque, 601 1st Ave 250-423-4637

Fernie’s Blue Toque is always striving to balance cost, ethical and environmental responsibility, and a buy-local preference. From their signature local, fair trade, organic coffee blend to their "100-mile diet" sourced eggs, they consciously produce low carbon footprint plates. The menu highlights plant-based dishes, showcases natural turkey and chicken and offers non-GMO tofu and organic quinoa.


A planet conscious menu is just the beginning. The Toque manages greenhouse gas-producing waste by offering sensible yet satisfying portions, and the waste the diner does produce is removed by biodegradable trash bags. Need a take away box? These containers are compostable too! These actions are only a fraction of the ways they are proving that the food and beverage industry can in fact improve standards of practice for the good of the planet. And if what they're accomplishing wasn't enough – they pay it forward to Mother Earth every month by planting 25 trees through Tree Canada!


The Castle on First, www.thecastleonfirst.com

The Castle on First invites you to “move with us this summer.” All yoga, dance and fitness classes are $10 drop-in all summer long! Pre-registration and multi-class passes are also available online at this great price.


Watch for their weekly $5 (drop-in only) Karma Yoga class, where new teachers hone their skills while sharing with all of you. Come with an open mind and heart, check the schedule for dates and time.


The Castle on First’s new-client, one-month unlimited pass is now available. If you have never attended a class you can now experience all that is on offer for only $89. It’s their way of welcoming you!


The Castle has spent the last month getting the Courtyard ready for your next outdoor event! You are invited to rent this beautiful and romantic setting for long-table dinners, private functions, and other catered events. For more information contact christa@thecastleonfirst.com.



Elk Valley Hospice, www.elkvalleyhospice.com 250-423-4453 ext. 309

Drop by the Elk Valley Hospice Kiosk located in the Fernie Hospital waiting area for lab and radiology services. Meet one of the dedicated volunteers, inquire about their services, and purchase coffee, a snack or a hand-crafted gift. Most merchandise at the Kiosk has been donated by volunteers and proceeds from purchases go directly to supporting Hospice activities.


The Kiosk opened earlier this year, and with the help of volunteers and donors, Elk Valley Hospice continues to reach out to the community from this location.


They invite you to visit, as they are here to help, and their services are free.


Photo : New Hospice administrator Sandra Boer (left) and Chrisy Hill (right). Chrisy spearheaded the Kiosk opening earlier this year.


Fernie Ecogarden, www.ecogarden.ca

Fernie's community garden was designed as a place to help the community grow, and that will continue to be a focus on Thursday mornings in July and August when the EcoGarden will host the Little Sprouts In The Garden program. Coordinated by Wildsight and the Community EcoGarden, the program allows caregivers and their little sprouts (ages 0-6) to engage weekly in the garden setting, using Wildsight’s environmental education resources to bring the natural world to life.


Young families in Fernie now have two options for great things to do on Thursday mornings in July and August from 9:30-11:30am, as EKKids.ca also hosts a Little Sprouts program at the Creative Minds Forest School Garden (Max Turyk School). To learn more about the Little Sprouts In The Garden program please visit www.EcoGarden.ca or join the facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/LittleSproutsFernie


Fernie Massage, 601C 2nd Ave 250-423-0155

Karen Scott, owner and operator of Fernie Massage, is delighted to share that she has successfully completed the BC Massage Therapy Board Exams and is now a BC Registered Massage Therapist.


Karen has been serving the community and surrounding areas with quality treatments and care for 11 years from her downtown studio. She thanks all of you for supporting her over these years and looks forward to continuing to serve your health and wellness goals and needs as a BC RMT. She offers massage therapy, manual lymph drainage, hot stone massage and shiatsu (Japanese massage).


Scheduling a treatment is easy and convenient with an online booking feature found at www.ferniemassage.ca. You can also call or text her directly at 250-423-0155 to make an appointment, have your questions answered and to find out more details.



Fernie Museum – Chautauqua & Fall Fair, 491 2nd Ave 250-423-7016

Chautauqua was a travelling cultural show that brought a four- to six-day program of entertainment to rural communities. Fernie hosted the Dominion Chautauqua each June between 1917 and 1935. In 2015, the Fernie Museum brought back the tradition as a fall event. Last year, Wildsight also hosted an autumn event Our Harvest Fall Fair – showcasing blue ribbon pride, livestock, urban agriculture, harvest traditions, and farmstead living.


This year the Fernie Museum, Wildsight, the Fernie Arts Station, the Fernie Heritage Library, Leisure Services, and the Fernie Chamber of Commerce have joined to grow the event into a signature four-day festival, September 8 to 11.


·      September 8 – Opening reception and dinner with award-winning author and historian Lynne Bowen.

·      September 9 – Family Dance with the Kootenay Stringbenders.

·      September 10 – Chautauqua Main Stage with local entertainment, heritage building tours, Art Walk, and Artisan Market.

·      September 11 – Our Harvest Fall Fair


Visit Facebook @FernieChautauqua or ferniechautuaqua.com for event updates.


Property Guys East Kootenay, www.propertyguys.com

PropertyGuys.com East Kootenay has recently annexed the Crownest Pass, Alberta into its service boundary with the goal of providing more value-driven real estate alternatives in the Pass.


The East Kootenay franchise has consistently been one of the top performing locations in Western Canada. Lisa Christopher and Amber Biberdorf, owners of PropertyGuys.com East Kootenay are eager to hit the ground running on building their new location.


Christopher of Sparwood, and Biberdorf of Fernie stated in a media release, “The geographic location, mining and recreational culture of the community fits right in with our existing territory. We are excited to build new relationships in the Pass!”


For more information on PropertyGuys.com East Kootenay and Crownsnest Pass check out www.PropertyGuys.com/learning or call 250-489-8383 / 1-866-237-8281

Visit them on Facebook or Twitter for regular updates on new listings and sold properties throughout the region


Three Sisters Day Spa, 472 2nd Ave 250-423-6395

Three Sisters Day Spa welcomes Jess Norman, a fully certified Eyelash Technician, offering eyelash extensions in downtown Fernie.


Originating from the UK, Jess is happy to call Fernie her “home away from home.” She has enjoyed working in the customer-service industry for over ten years and has since completed the Lash Canada Certification course for Eyelash Extensions. Jess is excited to contribute to the beauty and wellness industry with the team at Three Sisters!


For more information, call the spa directly or visit www.threesistersdayspa.com.


Wildsight – Wild Nature Tours, 891 2nd Ave 250-423-3322

When was the last time you did something for the first time? Wild Nature Tours (WNT) is now booking summer adventures. Want to explore the best wild spaces the Elk Valley has to offer? Let the vibrant, experienced local guides at WNT lead the way. With interpretive hikes for all levels of explorers, the WNT Featured July Adventures are a great place to start.


Flathead Overnight Adventure July 16-17

Explore the pristine Flathead Valley and discover the importance of connectivity corridors in wilderness areas. Get a taste of true Rocky Mountain wilderness deep in the backcountry. Spend the night camping at Sage Creek Rec Site with WNT Guide Ryland Nelson.


More Featured Adventures

July 15th Castle Mountain Hike 2pm

July 16-17 Flat Head Overnight Adventure

July 21st - Fernie Provincial Park Hike 6:30pm

July 23th - Silver Springs Lakes Hike 10am


Want to explore another time? Visit wildnaturetours.ca to choose your own date. Adventure Awaits!