Business in the Kootenays

She believed she could, so she did!

Born and raised in the Elk Valley, Melody Leduc, owner of Red Raine Hair Studio, moved from her home-based salon to her new studio location at 418 Boivin Road on June.17 2017. Melody’s love for her community and passion in hair and beauty started the dream of opening a salon in a commercial space. A …

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Blend Bistro in Elkford combines culture and cuisine

The Blend Bistro opened its doors in Elkford, BC on June 10 2019! Corey Mildenberger and his wife Romila have raised 3 children in Elkford and were happy to open up this unique Bistro offering specialty coffees, decadent deserts, Modern Filipino fare and quality homemade traditional menu items to the community. But that is not …

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Go-Lab Coworking Launches in Golden, BC

The Powder Highway has attracted a wealth of professionals over the past decades of resort municipality and outdoor activity growth, and with the emergence of fibre internet more business are laying their roots in the Kootenays. Golden BC is a relatively affordable and mature mountain community with diverse people and organizations to reflect their interests. …

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Kootenay Carshare has gone Electric

One of Canada’s oldest and still Canada’s only rural carshare network, Kootenay Carshare Cooperative (KCC) added two Hyundai KONAs to the fleet of member owned vehicles.  KONA is the first electric sub-compact SUV in Canada. This ground-breaking vehicle combines bold and roomy SUV style with an impressive electric driving range of over 450km. A 201-hp …

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Rise of the Female Entrepreneur

Sometimes you don’t see what’s right in front of your face. Sometimes you have to lift your head up to see what’s happening around you. And always you have to celebrate your success. Castlegar & District is home to a number of thriving female entrepreneurs. In recognition of these entrepreneurs, we decided to inquire and …

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Cancelled: Due to Its Own Success

In the fall of 2017, Castlegar & District Chamber of Commerce initiated the “Storefronts of Opportunity” event, a tour of empty retail space for new and existing entrepreneurs. Executive Director of the Chamber Tammy Verigin-Burk initiated the event. In year 1, the event was limited to Castlegar’s downtown core, showing 28 empty storefronts followed by …

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Trail Coffee Co. serves up the perfect cup for new owner

Sometimes we make a decision, doubt ourselves, then need a bit of distance to realize it was the right decision all along. That’s what happened with Maddie Van Horn, who was getting ready to buy the Trail Coffee & Tea Co. three years ago, then had second thoughts. A couple of years in Vancouver made …

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