Ups and downs of business in Revelstoke in 2020

Shade Sails Canada is sewing neck guards to protect health care in Revelstoke against COVID-19. (Submitted)Shade Sails Canada is sewing neck guards to protect health care in Revelstoke against COVID-19. (Submitted)
Stu Smith and Sarah Harper of Track Street Growers will be growing more vegetables this year. (Sarah Mickel Photography)Stu Smith and Sarah Harper of Track Street Growers will be growing more vegetables this year. (Sarah Mickel Photography)
Stacey Brensrud has been hired as the new executive director at the Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce. (Submitted)Stacey Brensrud has been hired as the new executive director at the Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce. (Submitted)
Jim Cullen running an engine at Champion Parks near Okotoks, Alberta. (Submitted)Jim Cullen running an engine at Champion Parks near Okotoks, Alberta. (Submitted)
Kata Polano has started a hand-poked tattoo shop, based in her home in Revelstoke. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)Kata Polano has started a hand-poked tattoo shop, based in her home in Revelstoke. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
Revelstoke’s Jackie Rhind shows off her new matchstick sized pregnancy and ovulation testing strips from her company Ovry. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)Revelstoke’s Jackie Rhind shows off her new matchstick sized pregnancy and ovulation testing strips from her company Ovry. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
Terra Firma’s Kitchen’s owners Kevan McCroy (left) and Terra Park. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)Terra Firma’s Kitchen’s owners Kevan McCroy (left) and Terra Park. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
Samples of the shells Leah Allison of Big Eddy Glassworks created for the Aquarium in Ucluelet. (Submitted)Samples of the shells Leah Allison of Big Eddy Glassworks created for the Aquarium in Ucluelet. (Submitted)
Brian Mcgonagle and Lily Burgess have been trying to move to Revelstoke for months. (Submitted)Brian Mcgonagle and Lily Burgess have been trying to move to Revelstoke for months. (Submitted)

Although the pandemic has hit many Revelstoke businesses hard there were still new places opening and moves being made. Here is a look at what happened this year in the business community.

COVID impact

  • Monashee Spirits Craft Distillery temporarily halted producing spirits to make a disinfectant for free. “We’re going as fast as we can to make it,” said Josh McLafferty, co-owner of Monashee Spirits.

READ MORE: Revelstoke distillery halts production to make free disinfectant

Monashee Distillery is offering a byproduct that is 80 per cent alcohol, for free to use as a sanitizer. Red Apple donated containers for folks to take the product home. (Photo via Facebook)

  • Shade Sails Canada makes sewing neck guards for Revelstoke medical staff. While physicians have mouth masks, goggles, face shields and gowns, their necks could still be exposed, potentially allowing the virus to attach to their skin.

READ MORE: Revelstoke company sews neck guards for health care workers

  • Food security was top of mind for many as the pandemic impacted supply chains. Local farmers responded by ramping up production and gardening was picked up by many in the community.

READ MORE: Revelstoke farmers ramp up production in face of COVID-19

  • A survey done by the Revelstoke Review in April found that more than half of businesses in town reported a loss of revenue of 75 per cent.

READ MORE: COVID-19 leads to 75% revenue loss for half of Revelstoke businesses

  • A Business Restart Survey done by Community Futures in June found five per cent of businesses were remaining closed and 79 per cent expected to have difficulty implementing all WorkSafe BC’s guidelines for safe re openings.

READ MORE: Business startup survey sees 5 per cent of businesses remaining closed in Revelstoke

READ MORE: COVID-19: Ups and downs of businesses reopening in Revelstoke

Resort progress

  • Revelstoke Mountain Resort has partnered with Cabot to develop the upcoming golf course. Cabot Revelstoke will feature an 18-hole golf course, called Cabot Pacific, a 150-room lodge and a spa.

A rendering of the proposed golf course at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. (Submitted)

READ MORE: Golf course at resort to be developed by Cabot

  • Revelstoke Mountain Resort released information on Sept. 16 regarding the upcoming ski season. Non-medical masks or face coverings would be required for everyone throughout the resort.

READ MORE: No mask, no service: Revelstoke Mountain Resort releases plans for winter

  • Revelstoke Mountain Resort shared their plans for the future development of the village over the next 10-to-20 years with city council on Nov. 24. Plans included an additional 2,600 units in the form of hotel rooms, condo-hotels and single-family residences, for a total of 8,000-bed units, 10 per cent of which will be for employee housing.

READ MORE: Resort releases plans for base, including staff housing

New hires and retirees

  • Stacey Brensrud took over as the executive director role at the Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce.

READ MORE: Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce hires new executive director

  • Jim Cullen moved from Calgary to be the executive director at the Revelstoke Railway Museum.

READ MORE: Meet the new director at Revelstoke Railway Museum

  • Roberta Bobicki, long-time CEO of the Revelstoke Credit Union, announced she will retire in May, 2021. The RCU board of directors said Michelle Hardy will replace Bobicki.

READ MORE: Revelstoke Credit Union CEO to retire in May

Roberta Bobicki, CEO of Revelstoke Credit Union, will be retiring May 1, 2021. (Revelstoke Credit Union)

Businesses opening

  • There’s a new place to get a tattoo in Revelstoke. Kata Polano started a tattoo business from her home called Acoustic Ink. She provides hand-poked tattoos, as opposed to many other tattoo shops that use machines.

READ MORE: A needle and chopstick: New tattoo shop opens in Revelstoke

  • A new property management company for legal vacation rentals launched called Stay Revy.

READ MORE: Stay Revy launches despite pandemic

  • Jackie Rhind launched Ovry, supplying inexpensive, convenient and less wasteful pregnancy tests.

READ MORE: Revelstoke entrepreneur launches new pregnancy testing company

  • Force-free dog trainer sets up shop in Revelstoke, called Ruff’N’Revy.

READ MORE: Ruff’N’Revy will help you build trust with your dog

  • Basecamp Resort, a new hotel on Highway 23 north, opened Dec. 3. The owners are based in Canmore and own several hotels of the same name.

READ MORE: New hotel opening in Revelstoke

An interior photo of Basecamp Resort in Revelstoke. (Submitted)

  • Australian company expands to North America into a Revelstoke home office. Mon Balon sells plus-size snow gear on a website called Plus snow.

READ MORE: Online entrepreneur launches plus size snow gear store in North America

  • The Revelstoke Legion set up a second hand store on their bottom floor called The Bargain Basement.

READ MORE: Revelstoke Legion opens Bargain Basement

  • Pam Olsson launched Unique Excellence, a consulting company helping individuals and families who are neurodiverse access resources and navigate the system.

READ MORE: Living with neurodiversity: Business launched in Revelstoke

  • Terra Firma opened a restaurant featuring locally grown ingredients.

READ MORE: New farm to table cafe opens in Revelstoke

  • A food truck featuring baked potatoes opened in Revelstoke, called The Wandering Root.

READ MORE: Loaded potatoes: New food truck opens in Revelstoke

  • Hayley Stewart set up a temporary gallery on Mackenzie Ave.

READ MORE: New gallery pops up on Mackenzie Ave.

Changes

  • Local owners of a fitness gym said they are cutting ties with CrossFit due to remarks the CEO made that appear to make light of the death of George Floyd.

READ MORE: Revelstoke gym drops CrossFit branding after offensive George Floyd tweet

  • Revelstoke propane users see rate decreases after an application to the BC Utilities Commission was approved.

READ MORE: Revelstoke propane users to be charged natural gas rates

  • Greg Rose takes over the Roxy Theatre.

READ MORE: The show goes on: Roxy theatre changes hands

  • Providence Funeral Homes in Penticton, B.C. purchased Brandon Bowers Funeral Home in Revelstoke. Gary and Chrissie Sulz remain the attendants.

READ MORE: Funeral home in Revelstoke acquired by new owners, managers will remain

  • The developer of an RV resort west of Revelstoke was ordered to immediately stop selling lots. An urgent order was issued by the Superintendent of Real Estate to directors of numbered company 1216920, which are Donna Marie Breen, Robert James Doornenbal and Marty Fletcher.

READ MORE: Developer of RV resort west of Revelstoke ordered to stop selling lots


 

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