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BACK TO BUSINESS: Just Furs reopens to warm up Yellowknifers in winter

Just Furs is back, just in time to help keep Yellowknifers warm as temperatures drop further, and as owner Kristine Bourque ponders the future of her shop. The Old Town fur apparel shop reopened on Nov. 2, more than seven months after Bourque closed it in March when the Covid-19 pandemic reached the NWT. Bourque …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: Do you know where your chocolate comes from?

It’s no secret that the chocolate industry can be shady business.  Before Cabin Snacks and Chocolate became foraged wild food chocolate bars, Sarah Van Stiphout originally sought to make baked goods with forest harvests and use chocolate as an additional ingredient.  When she saw how difficult it would be to find ethical, sustainably sourced chocolate …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: Two stores, two decades, one pandemic survived for downtown retailer

Owning a business is not something that Vicki Tompkins grew up dreaming of, but in her now decades of entrepreneurship she said she “loves every aspect of it.”  Tompkins has run the For Men Only (FMO) and For Women Only (FWO) downtown clothing boutiques since they opened in 1999 and 2001 respectively. “It’s not perfect …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: Tamarack Computers achieves ‘level of comfort’ after turbulent months

The Covid pandemic has exerted push and pull effects on most businesses, and Tamarack Computers has experienced both. The Yk Centre Mall-based company offers hardware sales, training and services for clients across the NWT and Nunavut. When its downtown shop closed in mid-March, its in-person software, networking and security training courses were suspended, hampering the …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: North Star Adventures pivots to local clientele for showcasing NWT beauties

With borders closed for the busiest tourism months of the year, North Star Adventures is pivoting to staycationers to share the gems of the NWT.  Joe Bailey launched North Star in 2007 to share his love of the land and “showcase all that beauty we have in the territory to the world.”  Originally touting themselves …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: Ragged Ass Barbers keep its eyes on customers’ hair while the pandemic looms

Experiencing a pandemic during his 10th year in business might seem like an awkward milestone, but James McGaughey is still working and glad to see his customers. The co-owner of Ragged Ass Barbers has been with the YK Centre Mall barber shop since he helped open it in 2010, and its 10th year has been …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: Focus on Northern roots key to beating pandemic slump for Blachford Lake Lodge

The Covid pandemic stacked the odds against Blachford Lake Lodge over the summer, yet the decades-old fly-in resort defied them. Like many tourism operators and hospitality outlets in Yellowknife, Blachford has come to rely on international and out-of-territory Canadian guests for most of its customer base during the year. While Covid halted the flow of …

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Community support helps Mermaid and Moon Boutique avoid permanent closure, says owner

For Meredith McNulty, the Covid pandemic gave her new art and jewelry shop a trial by fire, even while there was ice outside. Last December, she opened Mermaid and Moon Boutique, where she sells clothing, local art and her own handmade jewelry. But as the Covid-related health restrictions tightened four months later, she decided to …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: Bush Order Provisions expanding from farmers market booth to brick-and-mortar store

Bush Order Provisions Ltd. will soon be the new bakery in town as the co-founding couple closes the deal on a commercial space in Yellowknife’s Kam Lake area.  Yellowknifers will know Bush Order Provisions as the farmers market booth selling fresh breads, pizza dough and produce harvested from their market garden. Co-founders Kyle Thomas and …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: Performers are coming back to Harley’s Hard Rock Saloon

Things might be getting back to normal at Yellowknife’s only adult entertainment bar.  On Wednesday, Scott Yuill, owner of Harley’s Hard Rock Saloon, announced that exotic dancers could be returning to work in the next couple of weeks, just don’t expect them to be stripping off their masks.  Also, customers would be barred from touching …

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