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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)
Martin Klyn is the owner of Klyn Kitchens and Cabinets, now located on Alexander Avenue in downtown Chilliwack. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Options are key at Klyn Kitchens and Cabinets in downtown Chilliwack

Formerly based out of his home in Rosedale, Martin Klyn moved his cabinetry business to Alexander

Martin Klyn is the owner of Klyn Kitchens and Cabinets, now located on Alexander Avenue in downtown Chilliwack. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)
Ken Falk of Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry in Yarrow. After Falk’s $130,000 legal battle with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which fined him after a customer shipped his product to Alberta, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business named his case a Paperweight Award winner for an example of over-regulation. (Paul Henderson/ Progress file)

UPDATE: Chilliwack poultry producer’s $130,000 fight with the CFIA earns him a red-tape award

Canadian Federation of Independent Business Paperweight Awards ‘honour’ government over-regulation

Ken Falk of Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry in Yarrow. After Falk’s $130,000 legal battle with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which fined him after a customer shipped his product to Alberta, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business named his case a Paperweight Award winner for an example of over-regulation. (Paul Henderson/ Progress file)
Salina Derish of PickEco Refills, the Fraser Valley’s first zero-waste grocery store, in her downtown Chilliwack store, which is nominated for an innovation award. (file)

Three Chilliwack entrepreneurs finalists for Small Business BC Awards

Woodside Enterprises, Pick Eco Refills and Culture Co. could win in different categories

Salina Derish of PickEco Refills, the Fraser Valley’s first zero-waste grocery store, in her downtown Chilliwack store, which is nominated for an innovation award. (file)
Darcy Letourneau, owner of Circle Square Doughnuts, is getting ready for a big doughnut donation where his shop will be making and delivering 12 dozen doughnuts and 1,000 mini doughnuts to the staff and kids at BC Children’s Hospital on Dec. 24. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Chilliwack’s Circle Square Doughnuts to bring sweet treats to BC Children’s Hospital

The local shop will be bringing dozens of doughnuts to hospital staff and sick kids on Christmas Eve

Darcy Letourneau, owner of Circle Square Doughnuts, is getting ready for a big doughnut donation where his shop will be making and delivering 12 dozen doughnuts and 1,000 mini doughnuts to the staff and kids at BC Children’s Hospital on Dec. 24. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)
Parrotia persica is a smaller tree that has tiny red flowers in February but earns its stripes mostly in fall with truly vibrant scarlet-orange leaves. (Photo Van Den Berk UK Limited - www.vdberk.co.uk)

GARDENING: Add ornamentals for fall folliage colour

At this time of year, vibrant plants can lift your spirits

  • Nov 22, 2019
Parrotia persica is a smaller tree that has tiny red flowers in February but earns its stripes mostly in fall with truly vibrant scarlet-orange leaves. (Photo Van Den Berk UK Limited - www.vdberk.co.uk)
Johanna MacDonald, owner of Birdies Cottage Bakery and Catering. The Mill Street tea room and bakery will be closing Dec. 24 so Johanna can focus on her catering. “Thank you to my customers for their patronage over the past years and a very special thank you to my loyal staff,” she says.

Birdies Bakery shifts focus to catering

Mill Street bakery and tea room will remain open until Dec. 24

  • Nov 4, 2019
Johanna MacDonald, owner of Birdies Cottage Bakery and Catering. The Mill Street tea room and bakery will be closing Dec. 24 so Johanna can focus on her catering. “Thank you to my customers for their patronage over the past years and a very special thank you to my loyal staff,” she says.
Chilliwack Christmas Craft Market: Food, wine, spirits, cider, crafts, gifts and more

Chilliwack Christmas Craft Market: Food, wine, spirits, cider, crafts, gifts and more

More than 180 B.C. artisans will offer opportunities for inspired, festive gift-giving

  • Nov 4, 2019
Chilliwack Christmas Craft Market: Food, wine, spirits, cider, crafts, gifts and more
Prospera Credit Union, headquartered in Abbotsford, and Westminster Savings Credit Union, based in Surrey, have been given approval for a proposed merger. (Google Street View)

Prospera and Westminster credit unions approved for proposed merger

Abbotsford- and Surrey-based companies now take matter to membership vote

Prospera Credit Union, headquartered in Abbotsford, and Westminster Savings Credit Union, based in Surrey, have been given approval for a proposed merger. (Google Street View)
Manning Park Resort owner Kevin Demers sits in a chair on the hill’s new quad lift. (Submitted photo)

Name Manning’s new quad chair, win a season’s pass

Lift replacement among long list of upgrades at popular ski resort

  • Sep 19, 2019
Manning Park Resort owner Kevin Demers sits in a chair on the hill’s new quad lift. (Submitted photo)
Jason and Miranda Harper are the new operators of the Royal Cafe and Wellington Local House. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Chilliwack chef comes home to offer ‘super-addicting’ flavours at Royal Hotel

Jason and Miranda Harper took ownership of the Royal Hotel Café and Wellington Local House in August

Jason and Miranda Harper are the new operators of the Royal Cafe and Wellington Local House. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)
Megan McDonald (left) and Kristopher Schmidt (right) will be starting up their very own brewery in downtown Chilliwack next April.                                 (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

Agassiz couple to open Chilliwack brewery next spring

Bricklayer Brewing will be one of the newest breweries in the Five Corners redevelopment

Megan McDonald (left) and Kristopher Schmidt (right) will be starting up their very own brewery in downtown Chilliwack next April.                                 (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
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Mark Strahl announces call for proposals for New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP)

NHSP comprises federal grants, contributions for projects that make a difference for seniors

  • Jun 6, 2019
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Marion Marks is happy in her new shop’s new home on Mill Street. Marion’s Dressing Room has been a go-to for vintage wear for almost 25 years. (Jessica Peters/ The Progress)

Chilliwack vintage shop swings open doors at new location

Marion’s Dressing Room the newest place to shop on Mill Street

Marion Marks is happy in her new shop’s new home on Mill Street. Marion’s Dressing Room has been a go-to for vintage wear for almost 25 years. (Jessica Peters/ The Progress)
University of the Fraser Valley horticulture student Nayla Charbonneau shows coffee cherries growing in the school’s greenhouses in Chilliwack. (Greg Laychak/UFV)

Growing coffee, tea, lemons and papayas right here in Chilliwack

‘Anything that is grown anywhere on the planet we can grow’

University of the Fraser Valley horticulture student Nayla Charbonneau shows coffee cherries growing in the school’s greenhouses in Chilliwack. (Greg Laychak/UFV)