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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)
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.