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Community Economic Development Commission Invites Island Businesses to Educational Opportunity & to Expand Your Market

    Business Profiles, Governance & Politics    February 27, 2019

How can island businesses offset Impacts of seasonal fluctuations… – Initiatives that boost our island’s economic health and well being are a key focus of the Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC). The CEDC is inviting island businesses to learn more about programs currently available that provide knowledge and expertise to help offset impacts of seasonal […]

Towards Sustainable Community Economic Health

    Business Profiles, Governance & Politics, News & Events    January 7, 2019

Salt Spring’s Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) embraced new directions in 2018.  We focused on initiatives that facilitated collaboration, coordination and advocacy on behalf of our island’s economic health and well-being. Here’s an overview of the areas we expanded into and the progress we’ve achieved in 2018. Championing Entrepreneurship Across All Economic Sectors Much of […]

Salt Spring Island Businesses Recognized in the Fan Choice Awards

    Business Profiles, People & Places    December 18, 2018

Island Savings, a division of First West Credit Union, has announced the winners of the 2018 Fan Choice Awards. Among them are three buzzing Salt Spring Island businesses: home décor and gift store Twang & Pearl, popular bistro Auntie Pestos, and fitness hub North End Fitness. “We are so honoured to be recognized as a […]

2018 Salt Spring Chamber Salty Award Winners and Photos

    Business Profiles, People & Places    November 9, 2018

The Salt Spring community came out last night for a beautiful evening to celebrate local businesses, people, places and the many charms of Salt Spring Island. After numerous years of experimenting with the format for honouring local businesses and people, the Salt Spring Chamber really seems to have struck a nice rhythm of creating a […]

Pharmasave Uptown Acquired by Country Grocer Salt Spring Island

    Business Profiles, Health & Wellness    October 24, 2018

Country Grocer and Pharmasave would like to advise Salt Spring Islanders that arrangements have been made for Country Grocer to purchase the Pharmasave business operated at the Upper Ganges Shopping Centre to be effective December 31, 2018. Pharmasave’s downtown location will continue to provide the outstanding customer service and patient care for which it has […]

Video: Salt Spring’s Rural Business Accelerator – Green Services Cohort

    Business Profiles    January 30, 2018

Salt Spring’s Rural Business Accelerator (RBA) is providing the skills local entrepreneurs need to grow their businesses on the island. Here’s a peek at Salt Spring green entrepreneurs who recently participated in the RBA. Program lead, Holly MacDonald, believes the green services cohort could go a long way towards helping to create a green business […]

Artisan’s Soul Path, from Custom Shoes to Music

    Business Profiles    January 10, 2018

Handmade, customized footwear has become increasingly rare over the last century, and the words that capture that craft sound foreign to some. Words like factory-made, warehouse, and disposable have taken their place. In his Salt Spring Island studio on North End Road, however, Nathan deBridge creates artisan leather footwear that is durable, elegant, artistic, and […]

Island Savings Recognizes Local Businesses in the 2017 Fan Choice Awards

    Business Profiles, People & Places    November 28, 2017

Island Savings, a division of First West Credit Union, has announced the winners of the 2017 Fan Choice Awards. Of the hundreds of nominations received between Sept. 11 – Oct. 8, top spots were awarded to the local and independent small businesses that received the most votes from loyal community members and supporters. “We were so […]

Video: 2017 Salty Community and Business Awards

    Business Profiles, People & Places    October 29, 2017

The Salt Spring Chamber of Commerce took a fresh approach to the Business Awards this year. The awards were broken into 2 categories, Community and Business Awards. Voting was done entirely by the community online rather then by closed vote. Winners received a ‘Salty Award’ and over 50 awards were given out in the two […]

Salt Spring’s 2017 Business Award Winners

    Business Profiles    October 20, 2017

The Salt Spring Chamber of Commerce took a fresh approach to the Business Awards this year. The awards were broken into 2 categories, Community and Business Awards. Voting was done entirely by the community online rather then by closed vote. Winners receive a ‘Salty Award’ and over 50 awards will be given out in the […]

Salt Spring’s 2017 Community Award Winners – Salt Spring Exchange Wins Media Award

    Business Profiles, News & Events    October 18, 2017

The Salt Spring Chamber of Commerce took a fresh approach to the Business Awards this year. The awards were broken into 2 categories, Community and Business Awards. Voting was done entirely by the community online rather then by closed vote. Winners receive a ‘Salty Award’ and over 50 awards will be given out in the […]

Shepherd Shoes: Much More than Shoe Repair

    Business Profiles    July 25, 2017

Salt Spring has a new business for shoes, leather accessories, and repairs. Shepherd Shoes is a repair service for shoes, purses, horse tack, and marine gear. This new business, creating footwear and accessories, completes a circle in the life of John Shepherd. Having moved to Salt Spring last October, John has reunited himself with his […]

New Business Serves Up Deep Nourishment

    Business Profiles    March 6, 2017

Here on Salt Spring Island, Heart & Bone Provisions is helping islanders find deep nourishment one jar at a time. Heart & Bone owners, Adam, Julie, Matt, and Stephen, started the business to serve up hearty, flavourful broths and to help people find greater health and energy through Paleo-Ketogenic diets. They are creating “foods that […]

Salt Spring Digital Networking Group Gathering

    Business Profiles, News & Events    February 10, 2017

It was over lunch in late 2016 that Emma-Louise Elsey and Holly MacDonald decided they wanted to revive the Salt Spring Digital group. Both women run successful businesses from the island that operate primarily through virtual channels, and most work days are spent in front of computer screens. It’s a great way to make a […]

Salt Spring Shine: A Vodka for Refined Palates

    Business Profiles    January 25, 2017

Salt Spring Island’s first licensed craft distillery has opened. On January 7, Michael and Rie Papp, founders of Salt Spring Shine, invited islanders to their light-filled tasting room to sample their first distilled beverage―vodka. And they will re-open their tasting room tomorrow, Thursday, January 26, for weekly sampling. Tasters sit at a long maple counter […]

Goodbye, Moonstruck! A “Cheesy” Farewell

    Business Profiles    January 12, 2017

Last month, Julia and Susan Grace, owners of Moonstruck Organic Cheese Inc., announced that they were hanging up their tools. But before they slipped into Salt Spring Island’s history, I wanted to acknowledge what Julia and Susan had accomplished and to see if they had any words of wisdom to share after 18 years in […]

Island Tech Jobs Triple

    Business Profiles    January 10, 2017

When people think of Salt Spring Island, they typically conjure up images of a cottage industries; artisans; cheeses, wines, and other quality foods; great B&Bs; and a bustling little retail sector. So, it was surprising to hear that Salt Spring’s tech jobs have more than tripled within the last year. And most of those jobs […]

Salt Spring Island Kombucha Co.: A Giving and Receiving Business Model

    Business Profiles    November 21, 2016

Champagne of life. Divine che. Hero fungus. Jellyfish. Little Japanese mother. Manchurian mushroom. Russian tea vinegar. Teemost. Titania. Yaponge.* You probably know it as kombucha. Lea Weir, owner of the Salt Spring Island Kombucha Co., affectionately refers to this worldly and ancient “culture” as booch. Booch can be an acquired taste for many. But the […]

Dental Care and Herbalism at ClearHeart Botanicals

    Business Profiles    November 2, 2016

When you think of daily care for your gums and teeth, do you envision an herbalist? Not many of us do. Likely because few herbalists are focused on dental care. Certainly not here on Salt Spring Island. In fact, Saci Spindler is the only one. Her journey into dental care began when she noticed that […]

Culturalive: Krauts, Kimchis and Salsas

    Business Profiles, Farm & Garden    October 11, 2016

If you’ve been to Mexico, your taste buds have likely never forgotten Mexican fare. And maybe from time to time, your taste buds coerce you into trying to recreate the unique Mexican flavour combinations in your kitchen. And, if you’re like me, sometimes you succeed and your taste buds flare with delight. Other times, they […]

Country Grocer’s Fall Harvest Sale

    Business Profiles    October 3, 2016

Fall is definitely here, but next week, Country Grocer is springing to life! For all of those who like to cash in on a great deal or who love to squirrel away a winter’s worth of food, your week is coming up. Country Grocer is offering a full week ― October 2nd to 9th ― […]

Video: Salt Spring’s ‘Green’ Offers Zero Waste Shopping Experience

    Business Profiles, Food & Entertainment    September 20, 2016

At the beginning, people told Crystal Lehky that she couldn’t make a zero waste grocery store work and that it would never open. But green—her zero waste, low impact grocery store—is open. That says a lot about Salt Spring islanders. These supporters are on the leading edge of solving a world issue with consumer- and […]

Local Business Profile: Salt Spring Ice Cream

    Business Profiles, Food & Entertainment    July 26, 2016

Salt Spring Ice Cream – Some of the Best You’ll Ever Eat – When my grandpa taught me the “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream” chant, I thought that I’d never scream for ice cream. I hadn’t yet met an ice cream that could arouse those passions. But, decades later, I’ve […]

Local Business Profile: Fun Facts about Salt Spring Air

    Business Profiles    July 15, 2016

Salt Spring Air may have its wing in the air, but its roots are firmly planted here on Salt Spring as the island’s only airline. A dozen islanders keep local operations running smoothly, and three types of aircraft―Beaver, Turbo Beaver, and Turbo Otter―call Ganges Harbour home. Like many local businesses, Salt Spring Air has its […]

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    by on March 19, 2019

    The Islands Trust Council acknowledges that the lands and waters that encompass the Islands Trust Area have been home to Indigenous peoples since time immemorial and honours the rich history, stewardship, and cultural heritage that embody this place we all call home. The Islands Trust Council is committed to establishing and maintaining mutually respectful relationships […]

  • BC Ferries Reveals 25-year Vision for Sw...

    by on March 19, 2019

    Community input used to shape long-term plan – BC Ferries released the Swartz Bay Terminal Development Plan (TDP) today. The TDP outlines a long-term vision for the terminal’s future, and a phased approach for implementing the changes envisioned in the plan. BC Ferries employees will be at the terminal from April 10 to 13 to […]

  • Forum: Human Rights, Evidence for Hope?

    by on March 18, 2019

    We live in a world where horrific human rights violations occur, like the recent mass shootings of 50 Muslim worshippers in two Christchurch mosques. This is a world where several countries sentence LGBTQ individuals to death, China has detained over a million Uyghur Muslims, and Canada arrests First Nations people for peacefully trying to protect […]

  • Salt Spring Island Centennial Park Playg...

    by on March 18, 2019

    Salt Spring Island Parks and Recreation Commission (PARC) has adopted a 20 year Master Plan to prioritize infrastructure investments for Centennial Park. With site assessments and central drainage complete, and the washroom facility anticipated to be finished in a few weeks, planning can begin to replace the playground. This much needed replacement project was made […]

  • Pipeline Activism: Thoughts On My Trial,...

    by on March 18, 2019

    I’m back from the rabbit hole of court – the B.C. Supreme Court, in downtown Vancouver. Last fall, I spent five days there, self-representing my not guilty plea, after arrest for protesting on March 23rd in front of Texas oil-giant Kinder Morgan’s tank farm in Burnaby, now Trans Mountain Canada, owned by all Canadians. Three […]

  • Building a Tiny Home Community for the U...

    by on March 15, 2019

    “A community safely housed.  A path to stability.  A better quality of life”  Housing forms the building blocks of a community. The recent housing crisis has illustrated exactly how important stable housing is to the solidity of our island. When people don’t have secure housing, their work, school, family life, and even the community suffer. […]

  • 100+ Women Who Care Raise $17,000 in Und...

    by on March 13, 2019

    On the evening of Tuesday, March 5, 100+ Women Who Care Salt Spring held its second meeting. Prior to this meeting, members had nominated 18 local charities. Members randomly drew three of the nominees during this meeting: Greenwoods Eldercare Society, Salt Spring Therapeutic Riding Association, and Island Pathways. Members heard a compelling presentation for each […]

  • Island Health Assumes Responsibility for...

    by on March 13, 2019

    Island Health will be assuming responsibility for publicly funded home support service delivery on Southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands this fall to ensure a consistent approach to implement government’s team-based primary and community care model across the health authority. Home support helps people live independently in their home and be safe. For clients […]

  • NASA Astronaut Lands on Salt Spring: Fri...

    by on March 11, 2019

    From space tourism to settlements on Mars, what is humanity’s future in space? How dangerous is space travel to human health? What benefits do we obtain from space research? Dr. Serena Auñón-Chancellor returned to Earth from the International Space Station in December—after 197 days in space. On Friday, March 15th at 7:30 PM at ArtSpring, […]

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