'Member Profiles' is a new initiative that the Chamber has recently started. This entails us putting together a member biography not only on our website, but also on all of our social media platforms. The purpose of this is to shine a light on the wonderful businesses within Kaslo and the surrounding area, and to emphasize how important shopping local is to the success and well being of the area. Each write-up will feature fun and informative facts about a business and their owner(s)/operator(s). This initiative will feature at least one member's business a week. Enjoy!
This Week's Featured Members are: Pennywise and
Pennywise was initially founded in 1975, by Patty Axenroth. Initially Pennywise operated out of Patty’s home, but since then, it has expanded rapidly. Currently, Pennywise not only does the Pennywise weekly paper, which everyone is aware of, but also publications like the ‘Go and Do Regional Visitor Guide,’ and the ‘Kaslo Area Guide.’ Pennywise has grown immensely since the 1970s, and has now been forged into something not only regional, but also provincial. The staff at the Pennywise are more than willing to help you with whatever you may need, and they are incredibly passionate about their job; that is likely because many have been with Pennywise for over twenty years! The Pennywise is much like a family, and in April of 2017, a fellow ‘family member,’ Karma Halleran took over the reigns from Patty Axenroth. Karma plans to make small and subtle changes that will better serve the Pennywise’s ever growing customer base, and become more visible in their pursuit of selling the #VisitKaslo brand to the greater world. Pennywise continues to be committed to serving everyone in the best possible way, and maintaining their status as the funnest and craziest business in Kaslo.
400 A Ave
Back Dirt Road Luxury Soap & Products
In the 12 years that Back Dirt Road Luxury Soap & Products has been in business, it has operated exclusively out of Marianne Johnston’s backyard shop. From the beginning of BDR, Marianne has made it her and her company’s main priority to source as much as possible locally. This environmental drive and prioritization has led BDR to be sold at a multitude of health and gift stores all over British Columbia from Vancouver Island, east. Marianne is involved in giving back to the community, through donating to various charities & events like, but not limited to, the SPCA, the Kaslo Food Hub, NKLAHC, Kaslo Ladies Golf Tournament, Koot/Boundary Regional Hospital, Kaslo Fishing Derby, Show & Shine, etc.
Partnering with other businesses and cross-promotion are a great way to capitalize on bringing a focus to our unique area. BDR is currently making soap using beer from 2 other Kootenay businesses, Nelson Brewing Company and the new Angry Hen Brewery in Kaslo.
Marianne and BDR are one of the major drivers in the Choose Local Campaign. We recognize and implement the importance of community involvement across business and nonprofit lines.
Back Dirt Road Luxury Soap & Products currently has over 40 different varieties of soaps, lotions, creams, Shampoo Bars and more.
Back Dirt Road
Luxury Soaps and Body Products
PO Box 1421, Kaslo BC V0G 1M0
Kaslo Building Supplies
In 1997, Jeff and Monica Davie took over Kaslo Building Supplies from Monica’s parents, Fred and Elaine Richinger. Back then it was known as Irly Bird. Throughout the years, the business has been through a few banner changes, but it has always remained independently owned and operated
Kaslo Building Supplies employs between fifteen and twenty people though the season. All three Davie boys have worked at the store, as well as a number of long-time locals, adding to a familiar and friendly atmosphere. The staff and the family’s dedication to the business and their loyal customers are what has helped the store become what it is today. With a strong service culture and commitment to quality, Kaslo Building Supplies works with members of the community to help their building dreams come true.
Since joining the ACE buying group, there have been many positive changes to the store, including competitive pricing and a wider inventory of building products and tools. Come in and see the changes, and have some complimentary popcorn! Check out the garden centre, the new paint products which many local painters have endorsed, the kids’ toys, and our great selection of animal feed.
Kaslo Building Supplies - ACE Hardware
Jeff and Monica Davie
6521 Hwy 31, Kaslo