May 2021 Business News

Birdhouse Roofing

Birdhouse Roofing Ltd is owned and managed by Derek Bird and Lynn Henderson. Derek started his roofing career in Whistler in 1995. A year later, Derek moved to Fernie and continued to be a roofer before starting Birdhouse Roofing in 2003. 

This year is going to be one of the most uncertain years we have faced. Suppliers have warned of materials shortages and more price increases. At Birdhouse, they are planning ahead and urging clients to confirm as early as possible to secure the materials needed for their project.

Their schedule is filling up fast. If you are considering a new roof this season, contact them today.

Fernie Brewing Co.
26 Manitou Rd

Saying a triumphant good-bye to single-use plastics, FBC celebrated spring with the release of their new, recyclable packaging line.

Committed to making positive, sustainable changes from Brewery to Tasting Room and beyond, all six-packs are switching over to colourful, recyclable cartons; while their four-packs now use reusable PakTech carriers, made from recycled milk jugs and 100% post-consumer waste.

Local? Be sure to hit up their new Take Back Program on FBC PakTech carriers. You can return them to the Brewery for a $0.10 credit, to be sanitized and reused.

These changes alone will help FBC keep 5,700lbs of plastics from entering landfills annually. That’s a change you can cheers to! 

Fernie Freestyle Ski Club

Fernie Freestyle would like to acknowledge and thank Troy Nixon, outgoing President since 2017. Troy’s passion and dedication has been instrumental in getting Fernie Freestyle to the energetic, organized, and competitive Club it is currently. Troy’s motto has always been, “Friends, Fun and Fitness” which is evident in the spirit of the Club and is something athletes have significantly benefitted from. 
Also, a big thank you to outgoing Treasurer Mike Holub who has been diligently keeping the books since 2017. 

With the growth of the Club, Fernie Freestyle is excited to announce a full-time, year-round position of Program Director and Head Coach with Chris Ebbern. Chris brings a wealth of experience and energy and has programmed a fantastic summer training schedule including trampoline and water ramp camps, along with a ski camp in Whistler.
Find details on their year-round programming at

Freshies Café
601A 2nd Ave

A new chapter for Freshies Café is well under way – the end of April will mark four months at their new location at Huckleberry Plaza. Brighter and more open than the old venue, the indoor space has been well-received. 

“With a large outdoor seating area in the centre of downtown Fernie, we’re excited to see the new venue grow through the spring and summer to become a hub for meeting friends and family and enjoying the summer sun.”

Freshies offers a custom blend of single origin coffee from Chronicle, a speciality coffee roaster based in Calgary, as well as breakfast sandwiches made in house, baked Kaiser buns and a wide selection of daily baking, including vegan and gluten free options. 

Check out the new venue at Huckleberry Plaza where Freshies is open daily 7:30am-4:30pm. Order online at

Heaven Boutique
106 Centennial Square 

Heaven Boutique is now open in Sparwood! Established in 2008, Heaven Boutique operated on 2nd Ave in downtown Fernie for 12 years, closing when COVID-19 hit last spring. While continuing business through various online platforms over the past year, Heaven Boutique was recently invited to set up shop within The Green Petal Sparwood location. 

Heaven Boutique is thrilled to have joined Kim’s team in the Sparwood shop. You can find new and gently used women’s clothing, shoes and accessories on consignment. Stocking a range of sizes and styles, they hope to provide a sustainable and affordable choice for women of all ages in the Elk Valley. 

The shop is open Tuesday-Saturday each week from 10:30am-5:30pm. Masks are required and there is a limit of five customers in the store. You can follow Heaven Boutique on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates.

Huguette M. Forest-Coultry

Mike (Huguette M. Forest-Coultry) and her family have been a part of the Fernie community since the 1980’s. Nature has continually impacted her writings and viewpoints. Some pieces are stark or subtle, some are meditative and soul-searching. Each one invites the reader to their own interpretation.

This is how she describes Journeying the Waters: A Book of Poetry and Prose.

“From the anguish and hopes of adolescence and adulthood to the peaceful understanding that the years may bring, these narratives allow for the recollection and reflection of past memories and the creation of wondrous new ones.

This is the story of our search for light, joy, enthusiasm and optimism. It welcomes us to examine our relationship to the world and to one another.” You can access her site at Should you have any questions or remarks to share please email Mike at

West Fernie Counselling

West Fernie Counselling strives to provide you with the support you need to navigate the challenges that life throws your way. Offering counselling services to men, women, and children (10 and up) in a private and comfortable setting with both indoor and outdoor counselling space.

Jordan Vlasschaert, a registered clinical counsellor, wants to help you find more enjoyment in life. He believes that you are the expert of your own life and will work collaboratively with you to find practical solutions, new ways to think about problems, and helpful coping strategies that work for you. By working together, he will help you discover your own strengths and the confidence to take on life’s challenges.

For more information visit or email Jordan directly at jordan@westferniecounselling. com.