Local Business

Shane Wright faced tough challenges in opening up a business during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Submitted Photo)

Business battling COVID-19 opens in downtown Quesnel

Shane Wright opened Evolve Gold and Gaming Lounge on Saturday, Sept. 19

Representatives from the governments of Lhtako Dené, Nazko, Lhoosk’uz, ?Esdilagh, the City of Quesnel and the Cariboo Regional District, along with staff from the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD) and the BC Community Forest Association (BCCFA) met June 24, 2020, to discuss next steps in the community forest process. (Photo submitted)

New Quesnel-area community forest process moving forward

Cariboo Regional District directors heard an update at their Sept. 11 meeting

Fred and Mary Barber started Autow in 1980. They’re celebrating 40 years in 2020 (Cassidy Dankochik photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Quesnel towing company celebrates 40 years with old-time contest

Nearly $2,000 in prizes are availible if you know Quesnel’s business history

The Quesnel and District Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Business Excellence Awards Oct. 2-3, 2020, with COVID-19 safety precautions in mind. Winners will be broadcast live on Facebook on Oct. 2, followed by a winners’ parade on Oct. 3 in the city’s downtown core. (Image submitted)

Nominations for Quesnel Business Excellence Awards now open

Awards to be broadcast online Oct. 2, followed by winners parade Oct. 3

The Quesnel and District Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Business Excellence Awards Oct. 2-3, 2020, with COVID-19 safety precautions in mind. Winners will be broadcast live on Facebook on Oct. 2, followed by a winners’ parade on Oct. 3 in the city’s downtown core. (Image submitted)
Recent survey results from the BC Chamber of Commerce found businesses in Northern B.C. are facing elevated challenges in re-opening. (Quesnel and District Chamber of Commerce image)
Recent survey results from the BC Chamber of Commerce found businesses in Northern B.C. are facing elevated challenges in re-opening. (Quesnel and District Chamber of Commerce image)
Sheri and Shane Marsh purchased the building at 1160 Dixon Road. They live upstairs and have their shop - Fox Mountain Urban Upcycle on the main floor. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Sheri and Shane Marsh purchased the building at 1160 Dixon Road. They live upstairs and have their shop - Fox Mountain Urban Upcycle on the main floor. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
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Nathan Thiessen of Gold Country Doughnuts can be found at the Quesnel and Williams Lake Farmers Markets this summer. (Angie Mindus photo)

Old family doughnut recipe secret to success for Quesnel Farmers Market vendor

Nathan Thiessen of Alexandria owns Gold Country Doughnuts and More

Nathan Thiessen of Gold Country Doughnuts can be found at the Quesnel and Williams Lake Farmers Markets this summer. (Angie Mindus photo)
Andrew Brown is the designer and entrepreneur behind the product and company known as Furr Dogz a fun way to both groom and clean your dog. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)

Williams Lake entrepreneur confident in success of portable pet cleaning station

Andrew Brown is the creator of Furr Dogz portable pet cleaning station

Andrew Brown is the designer and entrepreneur behind the product and company known as Furr Dogz a fun way to both groom and clean your dog. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
A decision regarding new ownership or liquidation of C&C Wood Products specialty mill in Quesnel could be coming this week as bidding on the bankrupt company concluded on Tuesday, July 7. (Observer file photo)

Fate of C&C Wood Products will soon be determined

Bidding for the bankrupt specialty mill concluded on Tuesday, July 7

A decision regarding new ownership or liquidation of C&C Wood Products specialty mill in Quesnel could be coming this week as bidding on the bankrupt company concluded on Tuesday, July 7. (Observer file photo)
Major Randy Gatza from the Salvation Army (right) receives a $1,660 donation from Save-On-Foods on Monday, July 6 in front of the West Quesnel store. Presenting the donation to Gatza are, from left, Spencer Pattinson and Rory Parr. Save-On-Foods raised the money through its Share It Forward program. (Sasha Sefter - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Quesnel Salvation Army receives boost from Save-On-Foods

The food bank and soup kitchen received $1,660 through the store’s Share It Forward program

Major Randy Gatza from the Salvation Army (right) receives a $1,660 donation from Save-On-Foods on Monday, July 6 in front of the West Quesnel store. Presenting the donation to Gatza are, from left, Spencer Pattinson and Rory Parr. Save-On-Foods raised the money through its Share It Forward program. (Sasha Sefter - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Barkerville Historic town and Park has reopened with modified hours and services along with a 200 visitor occupancy limit as of Friday, July 3. (Angie Mindus - Black Press file photo)

Barkerville getting back to business

The Historic Town and Park has extended operating hours, altered public programming beginning July 3

Barkerville Historic town and Park has reopened with modified hours and services along with a 200 visitor occupancy limit as of Friday, July 3. (Angie Mindus - Black Press file photo)
The City of Quesnel is seeking Research and Innovation grant for $1.7 million through the Ministry of Social Development & Poverty Reduction in order to develop a training school in Quesnel for single grip harvesters and forwarders over the next three years. (Observer file photo)

City seeking $1.7 million grant to train forestry workers of the future

Project would see creation of training school in Quesnel for single grip harvesters and forwarders.

The City of Quesnel is seeking Research and Innovation grant for $1.7 million through the Ministry of Social Development & Poverty Reduction in order to develop a training school in Quesnel for single grip harvesters and forwarders over the next three years. (Observer file photo)
The Quesnel Business Support Team has helped bring nearly $3.6 million in funding support to local businesses during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (Observer file photo)

Business Support Team brings nearly $3.6 million to Quesnel businesses

According to a report 60 per cent of businesses in Quesnel have reopened with normal staffing levels

The Quesnel Business Support Team has helped bring nearly $3.6 million in funding support to local businesses during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (Observer file photo)
The Rocky Mountaineer train company has delayed the start of its season, which typically runs from April to October, until August 30 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (Observer File Photo)

Rocky Mountaineer delays season until August 30

This is the fourth time the popular luxury train has delayed operations in 2020 due to COVID-19

The Rocky Mountaineer train company has delayed the start of its season, which typically runs from April to October, until August 30 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (Observer File Photo)
Kismet Industries co-founders and managing partners Paul Baluch and Erin Josephy offer a product catalogue of 10 items available at more than 400 retail locations in Canada and the U.S. Josephy, originally from Quesnel, grew up with her family who owns and operates the Richbar Nursery Golf and Gardens. (Christine Pienaar photo)

Kismet Industries: A homegrown success story

Erin Josephy is making her mark in the world of self care products

Kismet Industries co-founders and managing partners Paul Baluch and Erin Josephy offer a product catalogue of 10 items available at more than 400 retail locations in Canada and the U.S. Josephy, originally from Quesnel, grew up with her family who owns and operates the Richbar Nursery Golf and Gardens. (Christine Pienaar photo)
Amelia Hamilton, owner of Moonshine BC Roasted Coffee in Quesnel, serves a cup of fresh brewed java to a customer at the Quesnel Farmers Market. (Barb Scharf photo)

Quesnel coffee roaster enjoys the challenge

Amelia Hamilton, a forest technician by trade, purchased Moonshine Coffee Roasters two years ago

Amelia Hamilton, owner of Moonshine BC Roasted Coffee in Quesnel, serves a cup of fresh brewed java to a customer at the Quesnel Farmers Market. (Barb Scharf photo)
Small and medium-sized businesses can now receive loans up to $40,000 through the federal governments Regional Relief and Recovery Fund which is being administered by the Community Futures North Cariboo business resource centre. (Black Press file photo)

New relief fund brings help to small and medium-sized businesses

The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund will be administered by Community Futures North Cariboo

Small and medium-sized businesses can now receive loans up to $40,000 through the federal governments Regional Relief and Recovery Fund which is being administered by the Community Futures North Cariboo business resource centre. (Black Press file photo)
Beginning Monday, July 6 the City will require all commercial cardboard dropped off at the Quesnel landfill to be taken over the scale and dropped in a bin while residential cardboard may only be dropped off at the Recycle B.C Depot. (City of Quesnel Facebook photo)

City making changes to commercial cardboard drop off at Quesnel landfill

Starting July 6, all commercial cardboard to be weighed, residential cardboard to be banned

Beginning Monday, July 6 the City will require all commercial cardboard dropped off at the Quesnel landfill to be taken over the scale and dropped in a bin while residential cardboard may only be dropped off at the Recycle B.C Depot. (City of Quesnel Facebook photo)
The Salvation Army Thrift Store in downtown Quesnel has permanently closed. The organization hopes to fins a new location and be up and running again this fall or early 2021 at the latest. (Observer file photo)

Salvation Army Thrift Store in downtown Quesnel permanently closed

The organization hopes to find a new location in south Quesnel and reopen this fall or in early 2021

The Salvation Army Thrift Store in downtown Quesnel has permanently closed. The organization hopes to fins a new location and be up and running again this fall or early 2021 at the latest. (Observer file photo)
New downtown Quesnel banners with the tag line ‘Walk, Talk and Shop’ will line the city streets as part of a new rebranding initiative from Downtown Quesnel. (Photo submitted)

Downtown Quesnel launches new brand; invites community to ‘Walk, Talk and Shop’ downtown

“I really hope the community loves it like we do,” Donna Jacobson said.

New downtown Quesnel banners with the tag line ‘Walk, Talk and Shop’ will line the city streets as part of a new rebranding initiative from Downtown Quesnel. (Photo submitted)