Bring on the Barn Raisers, May 12-24

I’m kind of the opposite of Martha Stewart. So when Niki Vankerk began posting facebook requests for tasty treats to fuel the 50 volunteer timber framers who are landing in Pemberton on Monday, 12 May, to raise us a barn, I ignored her first two posts. I figured Pemberton is full of people more qualified … Continue reading

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Bandit Farms: A Little Farm with a Big Heart

My 2013 Slow Food Cycle experience was pretty much the opposite of a Slow Cycle. I had a 5 month old baby and hadn’t hooked up the bike trailer or got my shizzle together in general, but my fella threw my bike in the car after the baby’s mid-morning feed and said, “I’ve got the … Continue reading

Rethink What You Drink, with Namasthé Tea

I went to school with a girl whose parents were missionaries in Bangladesh. Whatever you might think of their faith or sense of mission, they were undoubtedly people who acted upon their convictions. But it was their beverage cupboard that impressed me most. They were so upset, Jo told me, by the inequities perpetrated in … Continue reading

Q+A with Em The Librarian

She’s the new girl in town, and only the third Library Director that Pemberton has had, following in the foot-steps of library founder Jan Naylor and her successor Shannon Didier Ellis. Given that the Library is, in many ways (my bookish biases might be coming into play here, but I’m happy to debate the case) … Continue reading

Blueberries: Q+A with Hare’s Family Farm

I doubt that there’s anything more exciting than the first harvest of berries, come summer. Except, maybe, the discovery that a young family have decided to throw everything into starting a farm to grow organic berries as a full-time commercial operation just around the corner from you. For some reason, those kind of revelations make … Continue reading

Betsy Linnell on Branding, Strategy and Making Smart Alliances

  Since 2007, Betsy Linnell has slung her expertise as a CMO-for-hire, providing an opportunity to tap executive level marketing smarts that small and medium sized businesses have leaped at. The next evolution of her business launched in 2012, bringing a gang of enterprising creatives together under the banner of B-Line Marketing Management, so clients … Continue reading

Get Smart About the Interwebs: Custom Fit Online Shares Their Best Advice

Custom Fit Online is perhaps Pemberton’s biggest, and yet least known entrepreneurial success story. Almost 20 years old, the local web design and strategy shop was recently named amongst Canada’s top 10 integrated search companies, web design companies and Internet marketing businesses. Locally, they’ve worked with Tourism Pemberton, Village of Pemberton, Pemberton Valley Lodge, the Log … Continue reading

Where Good Things Grow: the Pemberton Creek Community Garden

The Pemberton Creek Community Garden is a volunteer led, organic community garden located on public land in Pemberton near the Pemberton Creek bridge accessing One Mile Lake Park. The garden began in 2006 as a Village of Pemberton initiative with a mere 14 plots, but thanks to keen volunteers like Lisa Griffith and Shane Pedrini, … Continue reading

Diva of the [Saw] Dust: Mana Jewelry’s Nicole Wellstein

If you took a tour of the backyards, garages, basements and studios of Pemberton, you would not doubt that it is a thriving hub of inspiring and inspired folk. Case in point? Nicole Wellstein, a graphic designer and jewelry maker who has just taken up shared space with Amy Hazeldine’s Sunna Studios. We were curious … Continue reading

Expanded Mile One Eating House turns 2, proving you can Go Big AND Go Home

We first checked in with Mile One Eating House just after they opened in 2011. On Saturday they celebrate their 2nd anniversary, with $4 Pemberton Meadows Natural Beef cheeseburgers. To note the occasion, we asked them to reveal the secrets to their success, and found out why Pemberton is awesome and why Chef and Proprietor … Continue reading