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Norman Wells #ShopNWT participant Rampart Rentals grows and changes with the community

The amount of work that Joshua Earls does around Norman Wells might make observers wonder if the name of Rampart Rentals falls short of capturing everything his company is capable of. And rentals have nothing to do with it. “We’re a grocery and hardware store mostly,” said Earls. “When the store originally started it was …

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Get in the driver’s seat at Aurora Ford with #ShopNWT

Living in the remote North, few in Canada appreciate their trucks, boats and quads more.  For more than 50 years, Aurora Ford Hay River has been the place to find an array of vehicles and accessories that help residents contend with the challenges of the cold and dark or sunny and warm seasonal climates. From …

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Medicine Shoppe just one of many #ShopNWT participants

Ian Wasserman likes doing business in Yellowknife because he says “it’s got a small-town feel.” And he knows a thing or two about small towns — he’s from Humboldt, Sask., originally. 13 years and one move to the North later, he says he said he likes doing business in Yellowknife because “it’s a really friendly …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: Hay River’s Poison Graphics first to receive GNWT funding support under new program

A Hay River business has become the first recipient of support under a new GNWT program. Poison Graphics received $100,000 to help with the purchase of a specialized printer. The funding, announced on Jan. 14, is the territorial government’s inaugural NWT Manufacturing Innovation and Technology Contribution. Introduced in the Northwest Territories Manufacturing Strategy of 2019, …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: Sole Fort Smith groomer Northern Hound Supply beats pandemic odds

The pandemic tried to take a bite out of Northern Hound Supply, but the year-old Fort Smith business is relatively unscathed amid the dog days of Covid. Anna Gervais launched Northern Hound Supply on Nov. 28, 2019, primarily as a grooming service. She added a store for pet food and other items. Her partner Robin …

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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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