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Downtown Chilliwack BIA executive director Kyle Williams promoting the buy local ‘Shopportunity’ program launching in November 2020. (Screenshot)

VIDEO: ‘Shopportunity’ campaign to help Chilliwack businesses succeed

Creation of the Chilliwack Economic Recovery Network to promote shopping locally

A public health nurse injects this year’s flu shot into a resident’s arm at the Chilliwack drive-in flu shot clinic on Nov. 3, 2020. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack’s first ever drive-in flu shot clinic starts today

Roll up your sleeve, drive inside the barn at Heritage Park, and park for a few minutes to get shot

Fraser Valley Regional District office on Cheam Avenue in Chilliwack reopening with restrictions in place as of Oct. 16, 2020. (Paul Henderson/Chilliwack Progress file)

FVRD to reopen corporate office on a limited basis

Fraser Valley Regional District visitors will be screened and asked to maintain physical distancing

Sam Rytter paints a parking bollard in front of a strip of businesses off Mill Street on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. He’s been volunteering with elbow grease for the past several Sundays to spruce up downtown Chilliwack. (Jessica Peters/ The Progress)

Volunteer cleaning crew using elbow grease to improve downtown Chilliwack

Sunday morning cleaning sessions tackle drug mess, excrement, chipping paint around business area

Sam Rytter paints a parking bollard in front of a strip of businesses off Mill Street on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. He’s been volunteering with elbow grease for the past several Sundays to spruce up downtown Chilliwack. (Jessica Peters/ The Progress)
The Yarrow branch of Envision Financial closed in March on a temporary basis due to the pandemic, but now that closure has become permanent, according to the Envision announcement on Sept. 15, 2020. (GoogleMaps)

Yarrow branch of Envision Financial will not be reopening

The credit union in Yarrow was temporarily closed in March due to the pandemic but now it’s permanent

The Yarrow branch of Envision Financial closed in March on a temporary basis due to the pandemic, but now that closure has become permanent, according to the Envision announcement on Sept. 15, 2020. (GoogleMaps)
Stephen Jagger, co-founder of the real estate startup addy, stands outside the Starbucks at Yale and Airport in Chilliwack in July. The company is bringing the building online as an investment option for small investors in August, 2020, (Submitted photo)

Real estate startup opens market to small investors in Chilliwack

New company uses crowdfunding to make real estate investing more accessible to all

Stephen Jagger, co-founder of the real estate startup addy, stands outside the Starbucks at Yale and Airport in Chilliwack in July. The company is bringing the building online as an investment option for small investors in August, 2020, (Submitted photo)
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Carli Spielman runs Wild Rabbit Flowers, an event floral studio specializing in weddings, from her home studio and garden in Hope. Grief and shock were how she described the first few weeks of the pandemic and its effect on the wedding industry. Submitted/Wild Rabbit Flowers photo

‘Love is not cancelled’: Upper Fraser Valley wedding businesses prep for meagre summer season

Small, intimate ceremonies dominate this summer, with industry looking at a monster year in 2021

Carli Spielman runs Wild Rabbit Flowers, an event floral studio specializing in weddings, from her home studio and garden in Hope. Grief and shock were how she described the first few weeks of the pandemic and its effect on the wedding industry. Submitted/Wild Rabbit Flowers photo
Davide Pacifici says Dolce Gelato, located near the White Rock Pier, will remain open for another month. (Aaron Hinks photo)

Popular White Rock gelato shop to close after 25% rent increase

Landlord says there should be some gratitude for the 20 years of discounted rent

Davide Pacifici says Dolce Gelato, located near the White Rock Pier, will remain open for another month. (Aaron Hinks photo)
Currently, through the Support Local Chilliwack campaign, you can buy gift certificates from more than 20 Chilliwack businesses ranging from food to clothing to outdoor recreation to hair salons. (Submitted)

New campaign aims to boost Chilliwack businesses immediately with help from public

Support Local Chilliwack campaign encourages folks to buy gift certificates now, redeem them later

Currently, through the Support Local Chilliwack campaign, you can buy gift certificates from more than 20 Chilliwack businesses ranging from food to clothing to outdoor recreation to hair salons. (Submitted)
The streets of Harrison are quiet now. (File Photo/Leah Ballantyne)

COVID-19 impact on tourism communities like Harrison ‘devastating’

Government, resident support crucial for small business survival

The streets of Harrison are quiet now. (File Photo/Leah Ballantyne)
Real estate sales in March 2020 were strong despite the COVID-19 pandemic but sale are likely to slow in April. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Open houses discouraged as Chilliwack realtors look for a way forward

March saw strong sales but April likely to see lower numbers

Real estate sales in March 2020 were strong despite the COVID-19 pandemic but sale are likely to slow in April. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)
Hang up – Local RCMP renews warning about tax season scammers

Hang up – Local RCMP renews warning about tax season scammers

CRA agents will not ask for info via phone or email, RCMP warns

Hang up – Local RCMP renews warning about tax season scammers
Harrison Hot Springs Resort cuts off reservations amid COVID-19 concerns

Harrison Hot Springs Resort cuts off reservations amid COVID-19 concerns

Reservations will resume in May, according to current plan

Harrison Hot Springs Resort cuts off reservations amid COVID-19 concerns
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Tie them tight – local waste mangement urges COVID-19 safety

Office is closed but will be in operation remotely soon, Pioneer Disposal says

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Big future in tiny homes, says New Zealand expert

Big future in tiny homes, says New Zealand expert

Westcoast Small Home Expo, set to return to Abbotsford Tradex June 6-7

Big future in tiny homes, says New Zealand expert
Kat Gellerman brings years of experience in the food business to her new store, Chef Sense Supplies, in downtown Courtenay. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Edible straws one B.C. entrepreneur’s latest weapon in war against plastic

Kat Gellerman has spent more than 20 years working in the food business

Kat Gellerman brings years of experience in the food business to her new store, Chef Sense Supplies, in downtown Courtenay. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Travis Nigel Bragg, who was wanted by police in Abbotsford, was arrested in a dramatic takedown in Chilliwack on Monday night.

Man arrested in Chilliwack was wanted for ramming police car in Abbotsford

Travis Bragg now faces more charges after dramatic takedown on March 2

Travis Nigel Bragg, who was wanted by police in Abbotsford, was arrested in a dramatic takedown in Chilliwack on Monday night.
The Cedar home model in Abbotsford by the Algra Bros. is a finalist for a Canadian Home Builder’s Association National Awards of Excellence for 2020. (Submitted)

Local developer’s Abbotsford homes shortlisted for two national housing awards

Algra Bros. won in 2014 for Garrison Crossing brownstones in Chilliwack

The Cedar home model in Abbotsford by the Algra Bros. is a finalist for a Canadian Home Builder’s Association National Awards of Excellence for 2020. (Submitted)
Agassiz structure fire causes $500,000 in damages
Agassiz structure fire causes $500,000 in damages
Work crews move a water tank into place at a site on Klassen Road in Hope on Thursday morning (Jan. 30). The site is being prepared for a Ricky’s restaurant and gas station is one of several commercial projects currently underway. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

VIDEO: Commercial construction projects booming in Hope

Dollar store, convenience store, gas stations and housing all planned for major route

Work crews move a water tank into place at a site on Klassen Road in Hope on Thursday morning (Jan. 30). The site is being prepared for a Ricky’s restaurant and gas station is one of several commercial projects currently underway. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)