March 2018 Business News

Alpine Chiropractic
701A 4th Ave

Dr. Eden MacGregor of Alpine Chiropractic is happy to report that she now offers direct billing to extended health benefits for her patients. She is able to bill directly to many extended health providers including; Pacific Blue Cross, Sunlife, Great-West Life, Chamber of Commerce Group Insurance Plan and Manulife. If you’d like to find out if your extended health can be billed directly through our office, please contact them at 250-423-1452 or

As always, appointments can be booked online by visiting

Dr. MacGregor has been serving the Elk Valley since 2001 working with patients of all ages. She is also certified in Kinesiotaping and Advanced Foot Biomechanics and Orthotic Therapy.

Big Bang Bagels
502 2nd Ave

Carolyn Doyle is Big Bang Bagels. What started out as a determined woman riding a bike around town selling bagels out of a basket soon evolved into a vision of a quirky, cozy café in Downtown Fernie. Ten years later, Big Bang is one of the most popular eating spots in town!

To celebrate Griz Day, Carolyn has come up with a brand new bagel in honour of the local legend. Stop by and try the new Griz Breakfast Bagel! It’s a sausage patty topped off with a fried egg, a hash brown, aged cheddar cheese, spinach and finished with your choice of cream cheese, served in any one of their signature bagels. Jalapeno Cheese is our favourite!

ET Hair Studio
462 2nd Ave

Monique Mattersdorfer celebrated 20 years of running E.T Hair studio this past fall.

The opportunity to buy a well-established local business presented itself and Monique jumped at the chance to become an entrepreneur in the industry.

As a working mom, owning the business has meant some challenges in balancing family and work life, however it has also had the incredible benefits of flexibility when it was needed most. Without the support and team effort of her staff, this certainly wouldn’t have been possible. Monique feels privileged to have an amazing business in her home town which has also allowed her to contribute and support local groups, organizations and families.

She sincerely appreciates being able to provide all the services of her salon to clients and friends both old and new.

Freyja Lifestyle Fashion
602 2nd Ave

Chantel Vincent has been the owner of Freyja Lifestyle Fashion over the past ten years, taking her company from a small weekend project to a full Kootenay lifestyle brand and multichannel boutique. Freyja has expanded into online sales, footwear and a new Tween department for 2018.

She loves being in business in the Kootenays, it is a supportive community and her boutique allows her to have a much needed creative outlet.

Chantel also serves as the Artistic Director for Wapiti Music Festival, a volunteer position. She is passionate about bringing arts and culture to Fernie. 

When she is not at work she is chasing around her toddler. 

“Being a mom and an entrepreneur is a world of its own, you got to really love business to take this path. In Fernie, you are in good hands.”

Mother Nature Doulas

After a six month hiatus HypnoBirthing courses for pregnancy and labour will be returning to the Elk Valley in March 2018.

Sally Bevand of Mother Nurture Doulas is very excited to be able to offer this five-week couples education class (a total of 12.5 hours) that focuses on preparing both partners for the experience of childbirth.

HypnoBirthing classes are suitable for all expectant parents and support persons, whether planning to birth with a midwife, doctor, at home, birth centre or in hospital. Experience breathing, relaxation and visualization techniques. Learn how to guide and support your partner during the birth process. Cover the same content as standard prenatal classes. Watch videos of women birthing using hypnosis.

Studios have found that women using hypnosis during labour experience less discomfort, shorter labour, fewer medical interventions and less postpartum depression.

Contact Sally via email at, or call 250-430-1303.

Spa 901
901 2nd Ave

Foot reflexology is now available at Spa 901.

Spa 901 would like to congratulate long term team member, Sally Lochhead, for becoming certified with the Reflexology Association of Canada. Reflexology is a natural healing art that works with the reflex areas in the feet that correspond to all the glands, organs and parts of the body. Stimulating these reflexes can decongest and help to relieve pain or discomfort in the body that it relates to, aiding to prevent and relieve health issues. Reflexology is deeply relaxing, having an enormous effect on your nervous system, therefore easing stress and prompting the body to begin its natural healing process.

Full details and online booking for this service are now available at

Century 21 Real Mountain Living
362 2nd Ave

The world of Real Estate is not for the faint of heart. It takes courage, tenacity and dedication to care for others. Marilyn Brock and Nancy McNay have just that. Two years ago, after many years in the industry,
they got together and decided they wanted to raise the bar, so they partnered to open their own Real Estate Brokerage, Century 21 Real Mountain Living Inc. Marilyn took on the challenge and became a Real Estate Broker, and is the only female Managing Broker in Fernie to hold this title. Nancy took the role of Manager and together they have built a successful business.

Marilyn and Nancy bring nearly 30 years of Real Estate knowledge and experience to the East Kootenays. They have created an office where clients can feel relaxed and confident that their personal real estate needs are being looked after. Marilyn and Nancy’s “Client First” attitude has allowed them to excel in their Real Estate business and are an excellent example of Women making a difference!