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BACK TO BUSINESS: Juniper Clinic turned Covid crisis into opportunity

One lesson outside observers can learn from how Juniper Clinic handled the Covid-19 pandemic is that crises can become opportunities for those who are prepared. Like all businesses, the chiropractic and naturopathic medicine clinic was hit hard after the pandemic lockdown began last March. “We were 100-per-cent shut down for most of our practices that …

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FOCUS ON BUSINESS: Vaccinations offer hope for normalcy in Wekweeti

People in Wekweeti are beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel following the arrival of Covid-19 vaccine on Jan. 13. As a remote community located 195 km north of Yellowknife and accessible only by winter road or airplane, Wekweeti’s 130 residents must travel for most essential services. Vaccinations will give them more …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: Raw tenacity helped pull Sushi North through pandemic

The persistence of Seiji Suzuki carried him through his 15 years of running Sushi North, and that persistence has brought him through the Covid-19 pandemic as well. His tenacity to keep his sushi restaurant and Ja-pain Bakery going also meant that he didn’t close them due to Covid-19 even as many other companies made the …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: Drumbeat Expediting revives delivery service to communities during pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has a way of crushing people’s plans, but for Dumaresq Valpy it’s given him a new opportunity. Last March, as Covid-19 infections spread across Canada, Valpy happened to be in the final stages of acquiring his tourism operator licence. “My original plan was to start a tour business,” he said. “I was …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: Fort Simpson’s former mayor fulfills lifelong dream to buy local hotels

The time was right for Darlene Sibbeston to pursue a lifelong business aspiration, and the Covid-19 pandemic was no barrier. The Fort Simpson resident and village’s former mayor started the new year with big plans for her new businesses, the Nahanni Inn and Maroda Motel, which she bought on Dec. 18. The Maroda has 16 …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: Boarding down, retail sales up but some stock hard to replenish, says Borealis Kennels

Jo-Ann Cooper’s business has felt the push and pull of the pandemic, but in the end many pets have come out better for it as their owners give them more love, said Cooper, who owns Borealis Kennels and Pet Specialties. Borealis’ experience of the opposing forces of Covid has virtually split the company’s functions in …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: Blunt Yk’s new salon location helps it emerge stronger after shutdown

Blunt Yk is among the very few Yellowknife businesses that initially shut down in the pandemic only to reopen and thrive, and a new location and expansion of services has played a central role. The hair salon went from having no clients after it closed in March, to being at full capacity currently. “We are …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: Northerners give Christmas shopping windfall to Down to Earth Gallery

The lack of international tourists in November might have convinced some people it would be a tough month for art sales, but seeing the receipts from Down to Earth Gallery would change their minds. “It was the best November I ever had… in 15 years,” said gallery owner Rosalind Mercredi. She attributes the strong sales …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: A slower bloom in the pandemic for Rebecca’s Flowers

For most of 2020, business at Rebecca’s Flowers has come into bloom slower than usual. Yellowknifers are still buying flowers amid the Covid-19 pandemic but their purchase habits have changed. Like a barometer of the times, flower sales are a measure of the pandemic’s effects on large gatherings. “We’re not doing any funerals or any …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: Tourism shortfall leads Bayside Bed & Breakfast to promote culinary creations

The Covid-19 pandemic took away almost all of the tourist guests of Bayside Bed & Breakfast, but it also helped Yellowknifers eat cake. Bayside has only had a handful of bookings since March, some of which included people self-isolating before starting new jobs or attending funerals in the NWT. The staycation windfall that some tourism …

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