March 2017 Business News

Alpine Chiropractic
701 4th Ave

Dr. Eden MacGregor of Alpine Chiropractic is excited to announce that she is now offering online booking! Online booking is a convenient way for patients to see all the appointments available, and choose a time that fits best with their busy schedule. Eden promises it is really easy to use, but for those that like doing things the old-fashioned way, that’s okay too! To book an appointment you can also call or text her directly. To try out online booking visit Eden’s website and click on the “book an appointment” button, or go to

Eden has been practicing chiropractic in the Elk Valley since 2001. She works with patients of all ages and uses a variety of techniques to help patients reach their health goals.

Eye of the Needle
260 5th St.

Eye of the Needle is an artisan gallery and studio space in downtown Fernie operated by Sandra Barrett. Sandra is a Fernie Forge blacksmith and incorporates glass and felt into her sculptural steel work, and was inspired to forge a collaboration with two other women to showcase glass and felt in the gallery.

This March, Eye of the Needle is exhibiting new creative Felt by Sandra. "Winter Light" includes three-dimensional sculptural pieces, some made by incorporating paper with wool, techniques Sandra learned thanks to a grant by the Columbia Basin Trust. The opening reception is at 6pm on Thursday March 2 and everyone is welcome. Eye of the Needle Studio and Gallery is open Thursdays and Fridays 10-5pm, Saturdays 11:30-5:30pm.

Fernie Heritage Library
492 3rd Ave

The Fernie Free Press reported on December 8, 1899 that, “A movement is on foot among the prominent ladies of the town to do something in the way of starting a public reading room in Fernie.” It seems the Fernie Heritage Library has been well in hand by a group of strong, organized and creative women since this time. Why this trend of women and libraries? Women historically and currently understand the significance and power of the written and spoken word. They have seen how ideas, speeches and books have changed for better or worse, their situation the world over.

The Fernie Library staff (made up of all women, save one) is passionate about creating a public space that is inspiring and empowering: that provides room for discovery, community and is without barriers. They represent a multi-generational team and believe without a doubt, that creative ideas and stories will transform lives. Find out for yourself. Free library cards available at the front circulation desk.

Fernie Junior Ghostriders

The Fernie Junior Ghostriders Peewee Hockey Team will be hosting the Tier 4 Provincial Championships this March. Come out and see some of BC's best young hockey athletes (age 11-12) as they vie for the Tier 4 Provincial title. Up to eight teams from various zones in British Columbia, including our own Fernie Junior Ghostriders Peewee team will battle it out on the ice in a series of matches. Games begin on March 19 and are scheduled daily through to March 23. Visit the Fernie Memorial Arena and see the passion and enthusiasm of Canada's favourite sport as our minor youth teams take to the ice.

The Opening Ceremony is at 6:45pm on March 19 with the Closing Ceremony following the final game on March 23. For full tournament information please visit

The Fernie Women’s Resource and Drop-in Centre
1592 10th Ave

The Fernie Women’s Resource and Drop-in Centre has been a proud part of the Elk Valley since 1979. The centre aims to raise the status of women, act as a referral and drop-in centre, offer support to women and their families, and to inform and educate the public around issues concerning women. The Stopping the Violence Outreach and Counselling programs give one-on-one support to any self-identifying woman in the Elk Valley who has ever experienced any kind of violence in her lifetime. The centre also supports families by providing the Strongstart Program in Fernie, Sparwood and Jaffray, the Jaffray Preschool, Parent/Tot Funtimes in Fernie, Sparwood and Elkford, and Bellies to Babies in Fernie and Sparwood.

For more information, check out the website, Facebook page call directly or dop by. Drop-in hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 9-1pm and Wednesdays 9-3pm.

Goddess Rising

Celebrating International Women's Day for its fifth year, Goddess Rising Fernie is a day of sisterhood designed to inspire, empower, educate and connect all women in the Elk Valley. This free event is proudly presented by local community organizers and feminists Rachel Cline and Tanya Malcolm. Goddess Rising offers women the chance to participate in workshops led by local experts on everything from growing food, raising kids in a digital age, to celebrating our sexy selves. Alongside the workshops participants can book free pampering sessions with care providers offering reiki, massage, make-up and hair, tarot readings and more.

Over the past five years Goddess Rising has donated over $8000 to woman-centered organizations and young women in the Elk Valley pursing post-secondary education through The Goddess Rising Scholarship for Young Women. This year’s event is Saturday March 11 from 9am - 4pm at the Fernie Community Centre. Entrance by donation.

Lilac Media
581g 2nd Ave

Lilac Media is owned and operated by Alesha Thompson, who started the business in June of 2015 after moving here with her daughter. With a diploma in Digital Graphics Communications and Print from SAIT Polytechnic, and currently enrolled at the Royal Roads University to complete her Communications degree, Alesha offers numerous services at Lilac Media and looks forward to growing the busienss in Future.

Lilac was named after Alesha’s daughter, and begun to support herself and her little family in this amazing community. From printing services for both personal and business purposes, to design and image creation, Lilac has a lot on offer and Alesha invites you to stop by the shop, visit her Facebook page or her website at

Mother Nature Doulas

Rachel Cline is a woman of many hats, adept at multi-tasking. She is the local outreach worker for the Brain Injuries Association, moonlights at Island Lake lodge and Three Sisters Day Spa doing massage, is in the process of becoming licensed in BC for Physiotherapy (her qualification/degree that she trained for and worked as before she moved to Fernie), but the areas of entrepreneurship that she is best know for are her flourishing doula and breastfeeding counselling practice and as one of the founding directors of The Little Cabin Company. She also finds time to volunteer on various projects, the most time consuming, but also most rewarding being the annual celebration of International Women's Day. The event is in its fifth year and gave back $4500 in scholarships to local girls in 2016.

Not Just Pizza
362 2nd Ave

What makes a perfect slice of pizza? For Not Just Pizza, the equation is simple: fresh ingredients, house-made sauces and crusts, and die-hard pizza heads manning the kitchen. 

Not all pizza is created equal, and its founding partners understand this. Mark and Carley Ehmann, experienced hands in the pizza business, return to the kitchen in collaboration with Pam Peters, a former trainer of chefs in China who has ten years of dough experimentation under her belt. Their mission is to deliver to hungry Fernieites only the finest, cheesiest, sauciest pie. Or, as the name implies, think outside the pizza box and explore the menu’s various burritos, wings, authentic donairs, and salads

For more information or to peruse the menu, visit