March 2018 New Business

Annex Suspended

Annex Suspended began as an art show in Fernie, BC at The Arts Station in early 2017. Michelle Galway and Brina Schenk had less than three months to join forces and make the most interesting mobiles they could think of. If that art show was successful, they were going to start a business. A few pieces sold at The Arts Station and a grand release of their first five official mobiles was set for June 2, 2017.

Galway and Schenk continue to work on new mobiles and suspended art collaboratively and release new work on the first Friday of every month. Keep an eye on these two women by following Annex Suspended on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. Making unique mobiles has always been their number one priority - mobiles that are hand painted, hand crafted, original and designed for all ages. They’re just getting started. 

Ground Floor Coworking Space

The sharing economy is the new economy and Ground Floor Coworking Space in Cranbrook, BC is elevating the growth of this new economy in the East Kootenay region.

Ground Floor Coworking Space is shared office space for freelancers, entrepreneurs, small but growing companies, and nonprofits who want to join a coworking community of professionals making a big impact through their work. At the heart of the space is Fernie's own Tanya Malcolm who joined the start-up as their Community and Marketing Manager last year. Tanya is a digital storyteller, feminist and community organizer who is networking her way into the community of Cranbrook, advocating for the shared skills economy, and praising her Elk Valley connections. In her words, she's "bridging the gap between two entrepreneurial communities who have infinite collaborative potential." If you're a #girlboss who's curious about coworking you've got try the Ground Floor where sharing space, creates opportunity.

Valley Vitals
How does your business impact our environment?

Valley Vitals is a budding new business with big dreams of creating a sustainable food cycle in Fernie. Valley Vitals and Big Bang Bagels teamed up last year to redirect 4,000lb of food waste in under four months!

This spring, Valley Vitals is looking to partner with up to ten businesses in the food service industry to provide twice a week pick up, clean bins and biodegradable bags, and promote the business as part of a growing food revolution.

Valley Vitals will also be opening up a new Community Supported Agriculture program; this summer you could enjoy weekly fresh veggies, fruits, and herbs grown right here in Fernie!

If your business is interested in participating in this season’s compost program, contact Ashley at To find out more about their Summer CSA program visit Valley Vitals Facebook page.