Nature’s Den

Nature’s Den Health Store is a health food store at 2110 Columbia Ave in Rossland.
 
For more information, call them at (250) 362-7127 or stop by the store.
 
   
 

Steps Dance

Steps Dance Centre, originally opened in 1991, offers a variety of dance classes for ages 3+ to the families of the Greater Trail area. 

With instruction in multiple forms of dance from Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Modern and numerous others, it has been a training facility of many Kootenay area dancers who have since gone on to successful careers in the dance and theatre industry.

As well as our seasonal classes which run from Fall to Spring, we also offer Summer intensives for students and Dance Camps for little ones.

With a family-friendly, supportive atmosphere, teachers and dancers at Steps love to dream, create and, of course, dance 🎭!  

 
 

Buddy’s Place

Buddy’s Place is a group of licensed independent retail shops budding from the Kootenay Mountains of BC.  You can visit their Trail location at 1198 Pine Ave; they also have a Nelson location.
 
Supplied by a range of Licensed Producers and Micro-cultivators, with an emphasis on high Quality, BC grown, organic and craft.


Their guarantee is that all Cannabis products are unadulterated, routinely lab tested, and produced by legal, legitimate sources.

 

Alpine Grind Coffee House

The Alpine Grind Coffee House & Eatery is one of Rossland’s favourite coffee shops and eatery, centrally located at the corner of Columbia Ave and Queen Street across from the Rossland post office. Serving locally roasted Oso Negro coffee and espresso drinks, fresh-baked-daily muffins, scones, cookies, cinnamon buns, and more. Gluten-free baked goods are made in-house, along with their very own baguettes and focaccia breads. Enjoy an egg frittata grilled on a bagel or homemade granola for breakfast, then come back for a gourmet panini and homemade soup, or a beautiful salad with organic greens for lunch.

Don’t miss pizza Thursdays and Fridays, with John’s amazing thin-crust, Neapolitan-style pies. Pre-order your pizza online and pick up at your designated time.

The Alpine Grind also has a second location, at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital in Trail, serving health care workers, patients and staff.

 
   
 

Riverside Wine Barrel Designs

Trail-based, Riverside Wine Barrel Designs creates locally made hand crafted furniture and decor from the staves of wine and whiskey barrels. Looking for the perfect gift or a unique piece to elevate any room in your home? Follow them on Facebook and be the first to see their new pieces.
 
Just a few of their beautiful pieces include:
  • Serving platters and fruit platters
  • Wine racks
  • Unfinished wine barrel planters
  • Unique decorative displays, fixtures and wall clocks for your home.
 
They accept email transfers, credit card and interact, with pick up while maintaining social distancing.
 
 

Jewel of the Kootenays Guest Suite

Whether your guests are visiting the area for recreation, business or healthcare, the Jewel of The Kootenay’s Guest Suite is a relaxing home away from home. The fully private suite offers guests a spacious and well equipped unit, with kitchenette. Very comfortable sleeping arrangements for up to four people includes a separate bedroom with memory foam king size mattress and a sectional/queen sofa bed in the living room. Guests may enjoy a private patio with a hot tub and additional eating area… perfect for your morning coffee or post-ride sunset après.
 
Erika & Darcy Krest
 

“This suite has it all and more. It was relaxing, comfortable, convenient location, and had everything I needed to make a home away from home. Used this space as my base for skiing at Red Mountain. Being close to the conveniences of Trail and only a few minutes from the resort made this the perfect space. The kitchen area has everything you need to prepare a quick meal. The hot tub after a day of riding was the cherry on top. I would highly recommend it. The hosts are very helpful and I hope to come back one day! This is a true jewel.”

~Guest Review, January 2020

 
 
 

West Kootenay Boundary Investment Co-op

The West Kootenay Boundary Community Investment Co-op (WKB Investment Co-op) is a new member-owned association that allows its members to invest into local businesses with the purpose of promoting economic, social, environmental and community impacts.
 
WKB Investment Co-op is one of many BC Community Investment Co-ops who are redirecting capital into local economies.
 
INVESTING:
Members of the WKB Investment Co-op pool their money to directly support businesses in their communities that are making an impact. Consider a 1% to 5% shift of your investment portfolio into the communities you call home with a minimum investment of one membership share at $500.
 
FINANCING:
Businesses within our region can apply for financing that works for their unique needs. Approved applicants receive business development guidance, collaborative financing and ongoing support. If you feel that your business or organization promotes positive economic, social, environmental and community impacts and is looking for funding, we encourage you to apply.
 
 

Rotary Club of Trail

The Rotary Club is a non-profit, service club that has been active in our community since 1927. Their theme for 2020, “ROTARY CONNECTS THE WORLD” embodies what the Rotary means to our community and the world at large.
 
The Rotary supports worthy causes locally from Salvation Army Christmas Hampers to contributions to the Trail Riverfront Centre Library Museum. Their hard work also raises funds that help make the world a better place. Some of their international donation recipients include a school for the deaf in San Miguel D’Allende, Mexico, a sanitary and community water project in Peru, and ShelterBox Canada, helping support families around the world who have been devastated by disaster or conflict.
 
The Rotary Club of Trail typically meets every Wednesday at 12:00 noon in the VISAC Gallery of the Trail Community Centre between Sept – June. Visiting Rotarians and guests are welcome to attend. However, meetings are suspended until further notice, due to COVID-19. 
 
Rotary Club of Trail
VISAC Gallery
1501 Cedar Ave
Trail BC V1R 4C7
(250) 364-1923

2020 Business Excellence Awards

 

Thank you to everyone who put forward their nominations for the 2020 Business Excellence Awards. We have a fantastic list of finalists and voting is now OPEN!

The 2020 award recipients will be selected from Chamber members in good standing. If you don’t see a name on the list they may not meet an eligibility requirement, but we will be contacting ALL nominees to congratulate them on their business excellence over the past year.

VOTE NOW

Writer’s Block Solutions

Have you ever stared at a blank page, contemplating how to best describe what your business is up to or how to share a story that engages your audience? You’re hardly alone!

Writer’s Block Solutions works with you to produce fresh, unique content that is useful, relevant, and well-written. Using storytelling to engage your community both attracts new prospects and keeps your business top of mind for your existing clientele.

In a time when communication and connection have become so important, here’s some information about member – Writer’s Block Solutions:

What do you do at Writer’s Block Solutions?

We create original, compelling content for businesses and individuals. Our backgrounds in journalism and English help us produce polished, professional writing that is authentic to our clients’ desired messaging and voice. We specialize in producing engaging and informative articles for websites, newsletters, and blogs, as well as developing copy for website and social ‘About’ sections. Our team is very experienced in creating and distributing press releases, such as for businesses announcing news or promoting events. Another specialty of ours is delivering Q&A features that are generally packaged as ongoing series’ and used to elevate a brand and, in turn, build a following and community. Often our original work is pushed to social platforms to drive engagement with meaningful content. We also provide support by proofreading or copy editing large documents, and by refining website copy and making over LinkedIn pages. We are interested in building ongoing relationships with our clients to support their immediate needs and help them reach their larger goals over the longer-term. We are open-minded, creative, and committed professionals who love to work with all kinds of companies; however, our sweet spot is working with business associations, social and economic organizations, innovative tech companies, lifestyle and adventure publications, as well as animal, environmental, and sport-affiliated organizations. We align with companies and organizations that promote their services and expertise by putting their clients’ or members’ stories in the spotlight.

What inspired you to start your business?

After exiting the newspaper industry, I worked in various communications positions, including technical writer/media for an engineering firm and annual giving coordinator in the non-profit sector. I found that no matter what type of job I was taking on in the communications realm, I always excelled at the media and marketing part of the job. In the early days, I complemented my work with assignments from friends or former colleagues; eventually I realized the West Kootenay region could benefit from my skills. After completing the Self Employment program through Community Futures over two years ago, I launched my company and joined forces with my long-time friend and talented editor, Kyla Girling. With Kyla located in Delta, BC and Writer’s Block Solutions headquarters in Rossland, BC, it’s natural that we are primarily focusing our services in the West Kootenay and Lower Mainland; however, we are also expanding our services to BC’s Okanagan region.

What does your writing process look like?

While each project varies, our general process for producing content involves the same steps:

  • Prewriting – confirm best format(s) and draft outline
  • Researching – undertake investigation and analysis, gather information
  • Interviewing – contact subjects and conduct interviews via the preferred method
  • Writing – put the words to paper, as the saying goes
  • Revising – submit draft copy for feedback, complete fact-checking, and make edits
  • Publishing – polish final content and deliver and/or distribute for publishing

How can businesses benefit from a professional content writer?

Using storytelling to engage your community both attracts new prospects and keeps your business top of mind for your existing clientele. We work with you to produce fresh, unique content that is useful, relevant, and well-written. High-quality content is key; business people from all fields are learning the value in hiring a professional to get the job done. Often our clients are great writers but don’t have the capacity to take on another project; at times, we even support media and marketing teams. Some other clients have little to no experience with media and marketing, but provide expert services that we turn into engaging copy. Because it’s often difficult to share or promote your own story, that’s where we come in: we love to tell stories and can’t wait to hear yours.

How do you ensure your customers leave satisfied?

We take great care when onboarding our clients; taking the time to develop a plan both parties agree to and setting reasonable expectations benefits both parties. Because we are naturally curious professionals, we ask our clients many questions before recommending the type of services that we feel will benefit them most. We always provide a timeline and deliver our services on time. We are true professionals and our deliverables are well researched, fact-checked and high quality. We invite our customers to review what we produce for them and are open to feedback, edits, and changes when requested. Staying open-minded and flexible makes us easy to work with, and we like to engage with others who operate the same way.

If there is anything you’d like to add?

We recognize that COVID-19 may have disrupted many businesses at this time; our thoughts are with those who have had to make difficult decisions for their companies. We have spent the past few months supporting our clients with internal and external operations messaging. We have also been fortunate to continue with projects that have highlighted business community innovators who have adapted and pivoted during the pandemic. We have found that more than ever, communication is vital. While the economy further opens up over the summer and into the fall, we are all moving forward with caution and new experiences under our belt. Many lessons were learned the past few months, and we look forward to a bright future supporting our clients with copywriting and editing that will strengthen their relationships, open a dialogue, and build a community that supports their efforts.