May 2014 New Business

Crowsnest Coffee Company

Crowsnest Coffee Company is an artisan coffee roaster located in the Crowsnest Pass, AB. Owners Troy and Christine Misseghers have a love of the outdoors and a passion for roasting beans that evolved out of the relentless pursuit of a great cup of coffee to fuel their adventures.

The specialty green beans are ethically sourced from smaller farms and cooperatives and roasted by Troy in small batches to bring out their unique and delicious characteristics. Crowsnest Coffee offers a variety of single origin roasts and blends.

In Fernie, Crowsnest Coffee beans can be found at Straight Line Bicycle & Ski, Infinitea, and Loaf Bakery & Restaurant. More information about Crowsnest Coffee Company can be found at

Easy Oil Change

Easy Oil Change is a new business offering vehicle lubrication services. The owners of the company, Colin Stewart and Janet McIntyre, have lived in Fernie for over 19 years.

Easy Oil Change offers services including engine oil and filter change; front and rear differential service; transfer case service; chassis lubrication; air filter and wiper blade replacement, as well as tire rotation. All services are warranty approved.

Colin spent over one year researching the two Cranbrook Quick Lube businesses before deciding the population of the Elk Valley could support a locally owned oil change business. The research indicated that 85% of Cranbrook customers only required an “Oil Change Service” and that is the focus of the new shop. The greeting area is equipped with wifi and comfortable leather seating; it is also equipped with a “Human Touch'”massage chair... enjoy a massage while Colin maintains your vehicle.

Fernie Spring Clean

Fernie is to host its first community wide garage sale, the Fernie Spring Clean. On May 24 many homes throughout Fernie will host a garage sale from their home, in support of East Kootenay Brain Injuries Association.

By coming together as a community to hold numerous sales all on the same day it becomes a unique event, attracting garage sale shoppers from the surrounding communities. For just a $20 donation each sale will get lots of publicity via print, web and traditional advertising (posters/banners). They will also feature in on a map that will be the centre spread of The Free Press that comes out on May 22. Alongside the garage sale, there will be a children's scavenger hunt and concessions and bouncy castles in Rotary Park.

To register, complete the on-line form at or call Rachel Cline on 250-946-6322.

Koocanusa Boat Worx

Mobile boat repair is now available at Lake Koocanusa and the Elk Valley. Koocanusa Boatworx is a full service, mobile boat repair company based out of Fernie and serving the surrounding area.

Owners Dan Scarpa and Liam Moloney have combined 20 plus years of experience working on all types of boats, from dinghies and speedboats to houseboats, yachts and ships. These mechanics have an extensive background in all types of marine engines and drives, from small generators to outboards, as well as all gas and diesel engines. With over seven years of combined experience working on Lake Koocanusa alone, they have the ability and know-how to handle any problem you may come across. Whether it’s winterizing and summarizing, or engine and drive rebuilds, Koocanusa Boatworx can get it done.

Visit their Facebook Page at koocanusaboatworx or call today for more information.

Will Eykamp Memorial Foundation

Fernie resident Lucy Eykamp will run and bike the equivalent of 17 marathons in nine days, in memory of her brother and to raise awareness of schizophrenia. The Will Eykamp Memorial Foundation has already raised $6,000 for research charities in Canada and Australia. Will sadly took his own life at age 43 after suffering from schizophrenia since his early 20s.

"My family was at a loss of how he could have gone from the most fun-loving youth to a withdrawn troubled adult," says Lucy.

“Since his death I have realized how misunderstood schizophrenia is. It affects 1 in 100 people, but the social stigma is so negative that there is little public knowledge of it and sadly, 5% of sufferers commit suicide."

From May 9-17, Lucy will run and bike from Brisbane to Tamworth in Australia – a distance longer than from Fernie to Edmonton, supported by friends and family, including her partner Bob Maudie of Fernie Physio. Visit to donate or for Lucy’s regular updates.