Grow, tea and chocolate shop
Based on Katie Birdsell’s experience trying to find a place “where my family can all eat out. Especially in a small town, you don’t always find a lot of places that cater to people with dietary restrictions.”
When the opportunity to buy Grow became available, Birdsell went all in.
“I love the idea of owning a tea shop, and I think tea really goes well with chocolate,” said Bridsell.
Her sister-in-law is a trained chocolatier who brings creativity and health consciousness to making high-quality in-house hand-made chocolate.
“We love chocolate. We love being able to make chocolate all people can enjoy. Most of our chocolate is vegan and gluten free, and, by and large, dairy free. We make everything here. We temper the Coco Berry chocolate, paint all the molds. We don’t just buy cheap chocolate.”
While “chocolate is where we want to take the shop,” its not the only food available at Grow.
The “minimalist” menu consists of homemade daily soup, two sandwiches using local bread, sourdough toast, home-made hummus dip with veggies, along with gluten free options. “Our products are sourced, whenever possible, from sustainable, environmentally friendly companies.”
Grow also carries over a dozen loose leaf teas that you can purchase by the cup or bag.
Birdsell chose POS-n-go to replace an old out-dated cash register that created more work and didn’t track inventory.
“I love POS-n-go, its awesome, zero complaints. POS-n-go makes it super easy to input inventory, and a lot easier to keep detailed track of what we’re selling.” Birdsell said the Grow bookkeeper is “very very happy” with the reports and being able to download sales and tax data that simplifies and streamlines accounting.
You can find the best home-made chocolate at Grow, 255 Wallinger Ave., Kimberley, B.C.
Learn about special events by tracking Grow on social media, @growkimberley.
The Grow chocolate, absolutely delicious, and 70% dark. Healthy and good for you.
Kimberley Public Library
A place for all people – in-house or on-line.
The Kimberley Public Library’s Mission: “Support the intellectual, recreational, personal and cultural enrichment of our patrons by offering diverse resources to the community with an emphasis on literacy, while providing a neutral space for enhanced social connection.”
Library director Karin von Wittgenstein is all about making the library a great place for children, adults and seniors to learn and grow. “My role is to make sure the library is running smoothly and we are looking after patrons requirements,” she said. With a staff of seven, the library has become a go-to destination in the community.
“We have all sorts of things going on, it's not just books.” With a library membership, you can check out movies, music CDs, magazines, a laptop computer or digital camera. On the electronic side, there are books, magazines, and audio-books that can be check-out online. In fact, you can explore the whole book catalog, place a hold, pick-up a hard copy, or download a digital e-file.
You can even “learn to play a musical instrument through the ArtistWorks program,” said von Wittgenstein.
The most popular programs include toddler-time and story-time every Wednesday at 10:45 am and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) programs, also Wednesday’s after school.
The STEAM program is very popular. “We have so many excited kids that come in between the ages of four and twelve. We’re turning kids away,” said von Wittgenstein. Be sure to check in regularly as there can be last-minute cancellations.
von Wittgenstein does not see the library as being threatened by the digital revolution. “The library is a place where you will find trusted information. You can get information that isn’t just a random search on the internet. Our library is a place for finding reliable information.”
The Library uses POS-n-go POS to record the payment of late fees and fines. “It's very intuitive. Staff have indicated to me they have picked it up very quickly and they appreciate not having to use paper and pen.”
von Wittgenstein added, “Reporting is one of my key functions. POS-n-go reporting is excellent. It has simplified processes and made my life easier.”
And, for the first time, the Library uses a Global Payments terminal that allows people to pay fines with a debit or credit card. “Patrons have increasingly said they appreciate the card service.”
Find out about daily activities and programs, drop-in, join up and begin exploring the whole world. You can also track Facebook, @kplcorynn. Email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 250-427-3112.
(photo: Traci (L) & Karin von Wittgenstein)
A Dream Come True
An entrepreneurial spirit runs strong in this young woman, “I’ve always dreamed of owning my own business, it was now or never,” said first-time business owner Shauna LaChance.
She made that dream happen this past December when she opened Sky Hiigh Apparel (yes, it’s two eyes) in Meadowlake, Saskatchewan. She was “nervous about the unknown”, but stuck to her plan and kept things moving forward.
LaChance decided to focus on men’s and women’s clothing and accessories.
Currently in stock, a great selection of sweaters, jackets, jeans, ladies leggings, t-shirts, tank-tops, hoodies, and hats. Her featured items right now are Crooks & Castle vests, red or white, and True Religion jeans.
LaChance selected POS-n-go for her point-of-sale system. It runs on a sleek, elegant all-in-one Elo PayPoint electronic cash register. North American Business Solutions provide merchant services.
“I like POS-n-go, it's easy to figure out and use,” LaChance said. She likes the customer management feature of POS-n-go. She is in the process of implementing the loyalty points program and gift cards. “Down the road, I’ll be using the online shopping feature as well.”
Congratulations Shauna on your new business venture.
The Sky Hiigh grand opening will be sometime in mid-February. LaChance said, “Keep checking Facebook for the exact dates. We’ll have amazing sales, door prizes and snacks!”
Drop-in and view the great clothing at Sky Hiigh Apparel, 132 Centre Street, Meadowlake, Saskatchewan. Stay up to date on Facebook, @skyhiighapp.
Kimberley Nordic Centre
Everything for an active outdoor lifestyle plus off the charts health benefits.
Did we mention the great people, volunteers and Board of Directors, the whole team keeps everything sliding all season long. The only thing they can’t do is make it snow.
Over 30-years, the Kimberley Nordic Club (KNC) has grown from one trail and a small one-room lodge, now used as the waxing hut, to a formidable recognized Nordic club in western Canada and beyond. The KNC now has 30 km of groomed trails for all levels of skiers. Plus 10 km of snowshoe and walking tracks.
In the new lodge, the fire always on, its warm and inviting. What more can you ask for after a fabulous day traversing a favorite trail through the pine and spruce forest?
With 1400 members, the KNC has season passes and activities for every age group. Angela Hurd, Kiosk Manager Co-ordinator, looks after volunteers who assist members and visitors with equipment rentals, season and day pass purchase, and wax supplies.
“We have an incredible volunteer base that does everything from maintenance and grooming to running the kiosk and work parties in the Spring and Fall to work on the trails,” said Hurd. Rent a full ski package for only $25, and that includes the $15 drop-in day fee. A season pass, only $135.55.
The KNC’s Jack Rabbit learn to Nordic ski program is for children 5 -7 years. Currently, 70 kids get out and participate every Sunday and Tuesday. “It's just great. They don’t have far to fall, but they just get up and keep going.”
The Junior racers, 8 – 12 yrs, the Nordic Racers, 13 to 18 yrs, and the Masters, 19 plus, are programs for recreational skiers all the way to race competitors. There is even a biathlon program. Added Hurd, “We offer completely free skiing for those over 80. The over 80 crowd is strong in this area. It's incredible to see people out and active.”
The up-coming Annual New Years' Eve “candlelight ski” fund-raiser for the youth racing program is an event for the whole family. From 7 to 10 pm, the artificial lights on the night skiing loop (3.5 km) are turned off and replaced by lanterns and torches. Make a donation to the Nordic Racers and bring along a food bank item, or two. Hot chocolate and snacks at the lodge will keep you and the little ones warm and cozy. Finish the evening with fireworks next door at the ski hill.
The KNC selected POS-n-go to track sales in the Kiosk. Hurd has been training volunteers as they gear up for the season ahead. With only a few days working with POS-n-go, Hurd's said, “My daily cash out is easier.”
KNC Kiosk volunteer Josie Schmidt first came across POS-n-go at Purcell Outdoors. “I think it's awesome. Working at Purcell was my first job in retail. It was my first system ever used. I thought it was super easy to use, super straight-forward, lots of options but clearly laid out. For my first time working in retail, I thought it worked really well. When Angela said we were getting POS-n-go I was super-stoked.”
Team POS-n-go is super-stoked the Kimberley Nordic Club is part of our family.
Get complete KNC details at www.kimberleynordic.org. Email, email@example.com. Kiosk phone 250-427-9300. The latest snow conditions posted, @kimberleynordic.
Welcome to POS-n-go
Team POS-n-go welcomes the following businesses who chose our POS software solution to manage their business and monitor performance.
Looking for a fresh homemade all-day breakfast and lunch, then try Milano’s for the early-bird special of 2 eggs, choice of bacon or ham, hash browns, toast and coffee (7 to 9am only). Along with traditional diner fare (i.e. burgers and sandwiches), the menu includes salads with homemade dressing, fresh in-house baked muffins, chia pudding and the best butter chicken, ever. Vegan options also available for most menu items. Located next to the Canco station on Tranquille Rd.,Kamloops, BC. Open 7:00am to 4pm daily.
This new restaurant serves delicious fresh cooked to order Indian food. Haldi is the name of a natural spice used in a variety of dishes, even desserts. They have an extensive array of shareables and main dishes, sides and deserts complimented with a full vegetarian menu. The Gulab Jamun is a great way to top off a spicy meal. Located in Cabbagetown at 568 Parliament Street, Toronto, ON, you can check out the menu at, halditoronto.com, or connect with them on Facebook @haldi.toronto.
Specializing in quality pizzas with fresh ingredients, Kami also serves up chicken wings, lasagna, salads and samosas. The chefs can also make Punjabi style pizzas. Read about the full menu at, http://kamipizza.com/, and even order online. Two locations: Tranquille Rd. and McGill Rd., Kamloops, BC. Connect with them on Facebook @kamipizzanorthshore. Delivery available.
I&J Fusion Cuisine
I&J serves up a unique blend of Oriental cuisine featuring Taiwanese food, Korean BBQ, Japanese curry chicken and tempura shrimp. Even the old standbys, fish and chips. Vegan options available for all menu items. They even have a breakfast beef congee. There is a unique menu for each day of the week. All food is made fresh in-house. Located in Creston, BC, off North West Boulevard, open 7am to 4pm. Check out their Facebook page @ijfusion for daily menu items.
New Era Fashion Outlet
Specializing in fashionable and affordable cloths, shoes, handbags and other accessories for men, women and children. They stock quality designer fashions and footwear in all sizes. They even ship anywhere in the world. Check them out at 9824, 100 Avenue, Grand Prairie, AB, or find them on Facebook @the-new-era-fashion-outlet.
Located in the Northumberland Strait, in Cocagne Bay, New Brunswick, the restaurant is part of the marina and operates only during the summer season. The restaurant features an outdoor patio over-looking the water. They provide fresh in-season sea food and Canadian cuisine. Their specialty, lobster roll with fries.
POS-n-go, easy to learn, easy to use; containing the most features, including an online e-commerce store, of any POS for small merchants.
PRESS RELEASE - Global Payments Canada Partnership
Kimberley, BC - POS-n-go Solutions Inc. announces a partnership with Global Payments Canada.
“We’re excited with this opportunity. Merchants can streamline the sales process by linking POS-n-go with Global Payments for a seamless customer experience. A Global POS-n-go collaboration creates a powerful all inclusive point-of-sales solution for merchants across Canada,” said Nowell Berg, POS-n-go Sales & Marketing.
POS-n-go is loaded with high-end features, the most of any POS focused on small merchants. This powerful suite of POS-n-go tools includes an online store, complete inventory, supplier and customer management. Add in certified legal trade scales, BookNet Canada integration, appointment book, online booking, one-to-one marketing tools, loyalty points and gift cards. Everything a small merchant needs to be successful. With over 70 reports, POS-n-go provides merchants with an in-depth analysis and financial understanding of their business performance.
Global Payments is a leading worldwide pure play payments technology company. Their technologies, services and expertise enable them to provide a broad range of solutions that allow you to accept all major payment types across a variety of distribution channels – in-person, online or on-the-go – to help you meet customer demand and grow your business.
Daniel Wolfson, Global eCommerce Business Development Manager, "I have had the privilege of working with Pos-n-go for some time. The POS Retail and Restaurant solutions are well thought out, easy to use and visually attractive. The pricing for merchants is highly attractive and affordable. making it easy to purchase".
I loved the business so much, I bought it!
Having worked at Bean Tree Cafe for many years, Jenna Byrne took steps to buy the business when it came up For Sale. She closed the deal in early July. “I enjoy working here, so why not take that next step if I have the opportunity,” said Byrne.
Knowing the Cafe would be a “hot commodity” as it has been a popular coffee shop for over 20 years, Byrne took the leap into being a cafe owner. She saw a lot of potential for it.
Her approach to owning the business, “I just want to keep it comfortable for everybody. Have fun and keep it very much for the locals.”
The tasty delicious food is “all made in-house from scratch.” Lunch time is busy as the home-made soup and sandwiches are “very popular.”
She plans on sprucing up the interior with “brighter warmer colours, more art and more seating.” In terms of food offerings, there will be “more grab and go items.” This Fall and Winter look for daily feature dishes like stew, lasagna and chili.
Byrne opted for POS-n-go and the Elo PayPoint all-in-one POS machine.
In terms of POS-n-go, “I’m really enjoying it. Its super user friendly,” said Byrne.
Impressed with over 70 Reports, she said, “I can be home making dinner and get a report to see what happened during the day.”
As for training staff, “Its easy peasy, it only takes a couple of minutes to navigate.”
Summing up POS-n-go, “Its great. Its awesome, I’d recommend it highly,” said Byrne.
For coffee and so much more, be sure to stop by The Bean Tree Cafe, open seven days a week, 8am to 4pm. Located on the Platzl, Kimberley, B.C.
Wagyu for You
After growing up in Ottawa and spending a decade working in the Federal civil service, Jessica and Sascha Vogt made the trek west arriving in Kimberley in July 2018.
Having been out here every winter for the past 5 years on skiing/boarding vacations, the Vogt’s decided to make this home because of a love for mountains, nature and trails.
“The people here are just incredible. I love the sense of community here. Everyone is so friendly and supportive,” said Jessica. Another reason to put down roots.
When the Vogt’s pulled into town with their food truck, The Grill Next Door, they started using J2 Ranch meat in their meals. The Wagyu beef tacos were a big hit.
In terms of cooking, “The food truck was my first foyer to actually working in food service. I had been an aspiring chef teaching myself for years before that.”
How did a food truck turn into a retail bricks and mortar shop?
According to Jessica, “We were sitting down with J2 Ranch talking about recipes and how to utilize the whole cow and how to better sell their product. I suggested they open a shop in Kimberley. And, here we are.”
J2 Ranch's Local Meat Shop is now open in the old Green Door location.
Located near Canal Flats, the J2 Ranch raises Wagyu beef along with Angus and bison.
Wagyu literally means, Japanese beef. “It’s highly revered for its tenderness and marbling,” explained Jessica. She added, “It takes 2.5 to 3 years for a Wagyu cow to reach maturity. So far, “Everyone is super excited about it. They’ve heard of it but never tried it, or they’ve tried it and they love it,” said Jessica.
The retail store stocks almost 150 different Wagyu, Angus and Bison meat products. You can purchase by the piece or a whole animal, sides or quarters.
The Shop also stocks pre-made meals like Wagyu Bolognese and curry chicken. Quiche will be available this winter along with lasagna and shepherds pie, “good ‘ol basic comfort foods.”
In the months to come, a fine selection of locally made deli meats will be available. Jessica has plans to get “local producers selling products in the store including dry goods.”
Jessica chose POS-n-go running on an all-in-one Elo PayPoint for the Shop's POS.
How is POS-n-go working out?
“Its been good, its worked for us for what we need it,” said Jessica. Tech support has “been really good. We like the support.”
Jessica found getting the inventory into the system straight-forward. “Its great, we can log-in at home. One night after work, we took our price list and entered them all in.” It only took an hour or so to get 150 items into POS-n-go.
In terms of the sleek modern Elo PayPoint, “We get a lot of compliments on it.”
Be sure to stop by J2 Ranch for Wagyu, Angus and Bison. A selection of prepared meals are also available along with a daily hot food special. J2 Ranch's Local Meat Shop located on the Platzl, Kimberley, BC.
Food Truck Flavour – Hot & Fresh!
As if she didn’t have enough on her plate, Julie St. Jean, Togs & Toys owner, decided to draw on her 30 years of experience as a chef in the catering and restaurant industry to open Julie’s Cook Shack.
The food truck concept really appealed to her. However, instead of a truck she went with a food trailer.
She also spotted a market opportunity. “I want to help meet the needs of the community. Parents who need a quick meal while their running around after school and between sports before you get home at eight o’clock.” She responded to the needs of busy parents and children. The Cook Shack is all about a fast healthy meal. “Something to grab on the way home.”
Plus, working in a small space with a small menu keeps the operation tight and efficient.
On the menu side, the focus is on cooked from scratch healthy dishes. No canned, frozen or pre-packaged produce, meat, sauces and gravy here. Food is sourced from across Canada. Chicken from Heritage Farms, butter sauce from Mountain Range, potatoes from Alberta and curds from Montreal.
Curds! Yes, St. Jean has chosen poutine as a big part of the Cook Shack menu. Salads, wraps and potato fries round out the food options.
After living with her family in Kimberley for 15 years, she noted that poutine “wasn’t really being offered in town.”
While butter chicken poutine is a good seller, to St. Jean’s surprise “the salads are out selling the Poutine. The Thai Beef salad is extremely popular.”
So far, “The community has been really positive.” St. Jean attributes “word of mouth” to the successful launch of the Cook Shack.
After many years as a successful Chef, caterer, even a Food Network cook, St. Jean has learned that to be an entrepreneur one has to “persevere.”
“It’s important to stay true to your own creativity and interests because the people that are interested in your interests will find you,” she said.
St. Jean selected POS-n-go for the Cook Shack because “Its local, service is quick and convenient.” When it came to learning how to use POS-n-go, she said, “Its super easy, really easy to use, very convenient.”
Right now the Cook Shack, located in the parking lot next to Togs & Toys in Kimberley, BC, is open 11am to 7pm Monday to Saturday. St. Jean plans to stay open all winter. It may only be on weekends or limited hours, but if demand is there, then the Cook Shack will be open. Check it out!
Celebrating the Art of Sewing
“My philosophy is, its supposed to be fun.” And, that’s why Suzie Hollihan and daughter Paige started Dancing Stitches. They want to make sewing and quilting fun for everyone, even children.
The store name had to be fun as well. “We don’t want it to be boring. We’re not boring people. We wanted it lighthearted, its a hobby, it’s not serious,” Hollihan said.
Her background includes dressmaking and design along with teaching people how to sew and quilt.
Dancing Stitches provides all of the equipment needed to complete a project from start to finish. “We have everything for people to use. We have it all laid out with lots of cutting tables and pressing. All the equipment they need including Swiss made Bernina machines, mannequins and a pattern library.” They have drop-in rates and no-contract membership rates ($24.99/month).
A number of groups in the Cambridge area use the facility to create quilts for local charity auctions.
“We are busy all the time,” Hollihan said. Want something new for your child’s birthday? Try a sewing or quilting party.
The store also carries hand selected fabrics and unique notions not available anywhere else.
Hollihan found POS-n-go online. She read reviews and checked out the details at posngo.com.
What does she think of POS-n-go? “Great, my daughter has it pretty much set-up.”
Paige added, “Its easy to use. It was fun.” A feature she really likes is the ability to add products right on the front-end tablet.
Dancing Stitches uses the Elo PayPoint all-in-one POS machine. “People are impressed with the style of it,” Hollihan said. Her customers think its “space age” and they like the flip screen which allows them to see the details of their purchase.
If you don’t have the space at home or want to buy all the sewing and quilting equipment, then stop by Dancing Stitches in Cambridge, Ontario and let your creativity have fun. Details at: https://www.dancing-stitches.com.