May 2014 Business News

Avalanche City Roller Girls
Fernie’s roller derby team has been enjoying amazing results, including a recent second place achieved at the “Spudtown Knockdown” in Boise, Idaho this April. The team looks forward to continuing its success moving into this spring and summer.

The East Kootenay Roller Derby schedule begins this May, with the Nelson Kill Joys hitting up Fernie, and continues through July. With four bouts in Fernie and one in Sparwood, this means Fernie can easily support its roller derby team by attending the exciting events in our communities. Alongside the East Kootenay Roller Derby schedule, the Roller Girls are attending bouts in Edmonton, Kamloops and Calgary.

The Avalanche City Roller Girls are a non-profit sporting organization; let’s show them our support this spring and summer and take in an event unlike any other!

Elk Valley Bulls

The 2013 Provincial Champions, the Elk Valley Rugby Football Club, are kicking off the 2014 season with a “New Player’s Day” at the Fernie Secondary School between 11am and 4pm on Saturday, May 17. Open to all ages and experience, its purpose is to recruit for the upcoming season and to introduce rugby to a new generation of future Bulls members. There will be a BBQ lunch available with games, skills activities, touch rugby and some great prizes.

Anyone wanting to get involved, play or donate to the Bulls can contact the club via email at or check out their Facebook page for training times and locations. For those interested, the Bulls will also be travelling to Missoula for the annual Maggotfest rugby tournament on May 10-11
Be sure to come down and support your newest local team. Go Bulls!

Emily Brydon Youth Foundation
Summer is a time to play, experience, learn and meet new friends. Every child should have that right, and the Emily Brydon Youth Foundation wants to make sure that happens. If you, your child or somebody you know could benefit from the foundation visit and apply – let this summer be fun for all!

The foundation is coming off a very successful and inspiring winter. Not only was it able to help many youth (63 applications, including 12 school teams and a yoga program), but it was also the recipient of generous donations. EBYF would like to thank Lance Edwards at Elevation Showcase, Mike Delich and the Fernie Skiing Heritage and the EDJL trust account. Their combined donations are already creating opportunity for those who normally would not be able to partake.

“This is the power of the community and epitomizes the power of people and giving. Thank you for believing, supporting and developing the EBYF,” says Emily.

Fernie Brewing Company
“Fernie factor,” aside from epic snowfall, can relate to many aspects of this community. One “factor” that is predominant is giving back.

Since late 2013, Fernie Brewing Company started donating all money taken for samples to local charities, organizations and clubs. Aside from weekly tours, FBC now offers samples throughout the week, to any thirsty looking soul. With a variety of products available on tap, rotating on a weekly basis, it’s a great way to try before you buy, or have a taste of a new seasonal that’s yet to be released.

Their most recent donation was to Fernie Friends for Friends, receiving $909. Next up, is the Elk River Alliance. Rumour has it the Fernie Trails Alliance will follow, so plenty of reasons to return for another sample or four! $1.50 for one, or $5 for a paddle of four, samples are available Mon-Fri 9am-5pm with extended hours during peak summer months, including Saturdays.

Fernie Heritage Library
492 3rd Ave

The Fernie Heritage Library is currently raising funds and awareness for the exciting Book Bike Project! This endeavour began with a little wish to see more of the Fernie Heritage Library in the community, and a desire to see more books and readers united all over our small town. All the funds raised for this project are going towards the purchase of the book bike and the shed that it will be housed in. Plans are underway to create a regular book bike route, where books and DVDs can be signed out, paperbacks exchanged and enjoyed. The book bike will also be taking library materials to all three seniors facilities, and will be present for the downtown Summer Socials, Mountain Markets and summer festivals.

If you are interested in donating or learning more, head to the circulation desk in the library or online at All donations over $25 will be issued a tax receipt from the friends of the Fernie Heritage Library.

Fernie Tennis Club
This year will mark the sixth anniversary of the Fernie Tennis Club, and there is a lot to celebrate.

Just last year the Tennis Club became a non-profit society, allowing them to apply for grants. Initially, the club started out with 25 members, and has grown to an impressive group of 150 members, junior and adults combined. Besides the growth in membership, the Tennis Club has a dedicated coach, Charlotte Willis.

With a mission to keep members happy, and to maintain and improve courts, the club is excited to announce that the courts are being resurfaced this year, thanks to the City of Fernie. They also hope to have new fencing within the next year, as well as a sheltered area. As interest in tennis in Fernie continues to grow, the club recognizes the need for indoor facilities and is taking steps to make this happen.

For more information visit

Inside Out Fernie Wellness
571B 2nd Ave

Inside Out Fernie Wellness is dedicated to inspiring, supporting and integrating the layers of wellness for mind, body, business and life. With nine diverse on-site wellness businesses, it is excited to be expanding the avenue of creative wellness via showcasing monthly art exhibits.

This month Canadian artist Sarah Moffat’s art collection will be on display and available for purchase at Inside Out Fernie Wellness from April 21 to May 17. Sarah is renowned for her unique technique of layering metallic foil, acrylic paint, glazes, colour washes and resin creating visually stunning pieces. There will be an evening reception hosted by the artist’s sister and Fernie local, Christa Moffat Saturday May 3, 5-8pm with special pricing for one night only. Preview Sarah’s blend of texture and colour at

Interested artists please contact Sue Bawden at

Poison Apple Tattoo
1221 7 Ave
Poison Apple Tattoo welcomes tattoo artist Davis Fultz, who welcomes whoever walks through the door with an easy smile and a genuine greeting. His relaxed energy immediately puts clients at ease, and his authenticity and talent are evident in the way he translates a client’s tattoo inspiration and begins the process of skilfully applying ink to skin.

Davis grew up loving the mountains and anything artistic, filling his life with friends, family, skateboarding, snowboarding and art. After being drawn to British Columbia, where he studied blacksmithing along with drawing, painting and sculpture, he found himself in Fernie. He established his tattoo apprenticeship at Poison Apple Tattoo, working alongside Liam Monahan and owner Becka McDonald. A skilled artist of many mediums, Davis has found his true creative calling with tattooing. He approaches every tattoo with focus, artistry and innovation, and will have you leaving the shop with a smile.