November 2016 Business News

Kootenay Signs
1542a 10th Ave

Jim and Loretta Johnson of Kootenay Signs are pleased to announce that as of October 1, 2016, they have acquired A-Signs. Julie Winter, former owner of A-Signs, is now working with the Kootenay Signs team and they are excited as with a combination of Julie’s design skills and sign experience, she will be a great addition to the business. This move will enable Kootenay Signs to provide Fernie and area with more extensive signage options, as well as quicker turn around time.

Kootenay Signs provides signage services such as wide format printing, graphic design, banners, signs, CNC wood router machine, stickers and much more. They invite you to visit their office to learn more and to see the signage options that they can offer you.

Bright Beginnings Preschool 

Bright Beginnings Preschool is a licensed Community Preschool, open to children aged 30 months to five years. It is the only not-for-profit preschool in Fernie. Being a not-for-profit, Bright Beginnings relies on parent volunteers and fundraising to keep fees low, which also allows them to be more affordable to all families in the community.

Through a play-based learning centre, the Preschool enjoys exploring both indoors and outdoors daily, and encourages children to celebrate their unique individuality. Educators, Jenna and Stacey, take the children into the community every month to discover new places and to meet the extraordinary individuals that make this town great.

Community involvement is central to the Preschool’s philosophy and it endeavours to get involved, including visits to Salvation Army, the Fire Hall, Police Station, Library, Post Office, Elementary School, Secondary School, The Arts Station and Tom Uphill Manor.

This year they are excited to implement a Fundraising Committee to help them find new initiatives that will benefit both the preschool and the community. Follow them on Facebook to find out more.

The Bridge Bistro
301 Hwy #3

The Bridge Bistro, located just off the highway adjacent to the Elk River and is known for its amazing views of the Lizard Range, is an independent and locally owned restaurant featuring made-in-house European and North American style cooking.

This fall, the Bridge is offering extended hours on weekends for breakfast. Saturdays and Sundays, enjoy three types of Eggs Benny, breakfast wraps or a traditional breakfast from 9am to 1pm. Open seven days a week, fall hours are 11am-4pm Monday to Wednesday, 11am – 9pm Thursday and Friday, and 9am to 9pm Saturday and Sunday. The Bridge is also hosting its Small Group Christmas Buffet Dinner December 5.

Call 250-423-9040, visit their website or Facebook page to reserve your space or for more information.

ET Hair Salon
462 2nd Ave

ET Hair Salon has a diverse group of talented stylists at its salon. This month, ET welcomes Selene Petersen. Selene recently moved to Fernie from Cranbrook, and is excited to meet her Fernie clientele. With ten years of experience Selene is still passionate about the styling industry and enjoys keeping up with the latest trends and techniques.

Chantel Caldwell has been a stylist at ET Hair Salon for two years, where she is passionate about specializing in changes and loves all aspects of the industry. Having grown up in the Fernie area, she attended hair styling school in Lethbridge and moved back to the community she loves to share her knowledge and expertise.

Kelly has been a part of the ET family for 11 years. After having kids she stepped back to work part-time, but can now devote more time to her career as her kids are in school. Kelly is passionate about colour and continually learning, and is excited to be more accessible to her clients including evening appointments.

Fernie Mow and Snow

Mow and Snow is excited to announce that as of November 1, 2016, Cam and Kari Mertz will be the new owners of this fantastic local business. Cam has been working in the business for the past year and thanks to the Duncan Maisels Mentorship Program, is fully prepared to continue the Mow and Snow awesomeness.

Cam, Kari, and their two boys Owen (11) and Nolan (9), have been living in and loving Fernie for the past five years. They are very excited for the opportunity to continue to provide quality year round property maintenance services to residential and commercial properties.

Mow and Snow provides a wide variety of services some of which include: landscaping, full service turf maintenance, winter snow removal, tree pruning, gardening, yard cleanup, excavating. Their team is known for its ‘can do’ attitude and look forward to helping you with your next project.

Contact Cam at 250-423-1665 or at

Fernie Athletic Therapy and Rehabilitation
901 5th Ave

This Fall, Fernie Athletic Therapy has been busy completing baseline concussion evaluations with some of the local sports teams and clubs. In the event of a suspected or diagnosed concussion, a baseline concussion evaluation gives medical professionals better insight as to how the brain functions “on average” and some objective measures to compare. A baseline concussion evaluation is a piece of the puzzle, and very valuable information.

If you would like to book an individual Baseline Concussion Evaluation, please call 250-423-4800 or toll free 1-888-423-9006. If you would like to discuss how to organize evaluations for a whole team or club, please visit and send an email to

Since 2006, Fernie Athletic Therapy has been proudly providing the Elk Valley with one-on-one sport injury rehabilitation services. They also offer custom foot orthotics partnered with PeakOrthotics. com, bracing with DonJoy and concussion evaluation and treatment.

Play it Forward Sports Therapy

Play it Forward Sports Therapy is pleased to introduce Fernie’s newest Certified Athletic Therapist, Kerri Dunsmore who has taken over patients while owner/therapist Sanne is on maternity leave. Kerri, who was a homeless tree planter, mountain biker, hiker and snowboarder met Sanne this summer volunteering with the Transrockies Single Track 6 race.

Kerri is excited to have made her move to Fernie! She is here to help you get back to sport, play, and work faster and recover from muscle and ligament injuries,

chronic pain, postural imbalances and concussions. Kerri is a manual therapist, who has extensive training in orthopedic assessments, soft tissue release, myofascial stretching and exercise prescription. She is also a certified First Responder. Kerri is excited to be working with the Avalanche City Roller Derby girls for the 2016/2017 season.

The Vogue Theatre
321 2nd Ave

This year The Vogue Theatre is teaming up with the Fernie Food Bank to collect non-perishable food items just in time for the holiday season, by offering a delicious incentive for your donation. Starting November 15, the Vogue is encouraging customers to bring in a non-perishable food item and in return you will receive a FREE small popcorn or small pop. If you give, you shall receive!

“Let’s all work together to ensure the box is overflowing with food for those that need it this holiday season!”

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