Q+A with Lone Goat Soap

It was an instagram shot of freshly harvested bunches of lavender drying in the early summer light that got me. I had to know more about this local soap-crafter who was cooking up soaps with edible organic fresh ingredients. Meet Lone Goat Soap.  1. Who are you? Where are you based? My name is Victoria. I … Continue reading

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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

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

Small Town Time Machine: Q+A with the Pemberton Museum

Just because they’re not open during the winter months doesn’t mean you can’t get a little winter time-travelling done, thanks to a recent digitisation project undertaken by the Pemberton & District Museum. Heritage Canada’s Museum Assistance Program provided funding for the museum to assess, move, photograph and audit close to 500 items from the Equipment … 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

Vote today for Pemberton BMX

Here’s what you need to know: 1. You can vote as many times as you like, starting at 9am today, for the next 24 hours. Go to KraftCelebrationTour.ca. 2. Pemberton has a 50/50 chance of winning $25,000 for the Pemberton BMX track. All that is required is that Pemberton receive more votes than Invermere. (Yesterday, … Continue reading

A Local Take on Iron Man: Christine Cogger digs deep

My favourite local blogger proudly proclaims that she’s not a writer at all. But Christine Cogger, a coffee-drinking, multi-tasking, super athletic mom who lives in this incredible part of the world… just happens to hilariously capture what that entails in a way that keeps me coming back for more. (Makes her a great writer in … 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

A Paddling Mecca in the Mountains

How to build a paddling Mecca in the mountains?  Start with a coach who cares. (A few Olympic medals in his top drawer helps.)  Find a place to paddle. (Doesn’t need to be as fancy, or as big, as you might think.) Fill a boat with kids. (Just 20 will do, at first.) Support them … Continue reading