July 2021 Business News

The Arts Station
601 1st Ave
250-423-4842

The much loved Banner Project is back for another year and the Fernie Arts Station is calling out to the amazing artists that call the Elk Valley home, to once again contribute by submitting your artwork via theartsstation.com.

For over the past decade, Elk Valley artists have added their own air to the city’s streets, offering works of art for banners that line Highway 3 and downtown. This is a community art project so any Fernie local is welcome to apply and the Arts Station looks forward to seeing lots of different art mediums from all ages.

The launch will be in September for 2021 and the timeframe is shorter to get your artwork submitted so don’t wait! If you need help, on July 7 they are holding a Banner assistance day, check The Arts Station website for more details! Thank you to the City of Fernie for supporting this project.

City of Fernie for supporting this project. East Kootenay Community Credit Union 1601 9th Ave 250-423-9222 Local credit unions and businesses strengthen our community, connect and support the social fibre, and enhance wealth and employment by circulating dollars repeatedly between businesses. Local retailers recirculate 63% compared to 14% for chains, local restaurants recirculate 68% compared to 30% for chains, and local suppliers recirculate 33% compared to 19% for chains

What can you do? Start a business, sell what you make and grow, and bank locally at a credit union! As businesses recirculate dollars, so do credit unions. Profits go back to the people who bank there and to the communities served. East Kootenay Community Credit Union (EKCCU.COM) grew from members who believed there was a better way to bank and continues to work in the best interest of its members. They understand the East Kootenay lifestyle and what it takes to succeed financially. EKC is run on cooperative principles, using profits for your good. *bcbuylocal.com/why-local/

GearHub Sports gearhub.ca 250-423-5555 Introducing GearHub Adventure Rentals! Conveniently located on 7th Avenue, directly across from the Best Western Fernie Mountain Lodge.

Opening July, GearHub’s second location will offer a broad range of winter and summer sports rental equipment for adults and kids. Their summer rental fleet will include mountain bikes (all-mountain and downhill), stand up paddle boards, kayaks and more. When you need to gear up for a day of outdoor activities, check out GearHub Adventure Rentals! With competitive daily/hourly rental options as well as multi-day and group package discounts, Adventure Rentals caters to those who want to try a new sport, as well as experienced veterans who want high-quality gear rental and service they can depend on. Do you love epic adventures and the outdoors? Do you eat, breathe, and sleep bikes and gear? GearHub is looking for staff to join their expanding team. Check out gearhub.ca for more information.

Raging Elk Hostel 892 6th Ave 250-423-6811 The Raging Elk has raised the bar for solo travel. Taking inspiration from Japan’s capsule hotels, business owners Joe and Sadie have pivoted their business to provide a whole floor of deluxe POD only accommodation.

What is a POD? It is the evolution of budget friendly, world-class solo travel. Think privacy and all of the amenities of a small hotel room at half the price. Guests can enjoy soft, individualized, dimmable LED lighting, convenient lockable storage area to charge electronics while enjoying the mountains, mirror, shelving, soundproof walls, WiFi and complete privacy.

This will be the first POD accommodation to be offered in the Canadian Rockies that will be attractive to any solo mountain adventurist and all age groups.

In addition to the POD floor, travellers can enjoy an array of relaxation areas over the 4,000 sq ft inside, two large patios, outdoor fire pits and the Kodiak Lounge.