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BACK TO BUSINESS: Polar Tech would trade record sales for return to normal life

Strong sales numbers are good. Record sales numbers are better. Or are they? The answer is complicated for Polar Tech. “We’ve had a record-breaking year,” said project manager Mike Bryant. “We made a million dollars, I believe, in one month in snowmobile sales. And we’ve already broken that.” Of the 200 snow machines that started …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: Focus on Northern anglers a great catch for Yellowknife Sportfishing Adventures

The business fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic left Andrew Moore with no choice but to cast north, a bid that helped Yellowknife Sportfishing Adventures hook a stronger-than-expected summer. Since Moore launched the company in 2017, he has come to rely on anglers from outside the territory for half of his business, which revolves around fishing …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: Covid hands Peterson’s Point Lake Lodge a chance to cater more to Northern tourists

After a summer of no tourists, for a lodge that depends on tourists, the owners of Peterson’s Point Lake Lodge look back at the season without blinking, while they look to the future with eyes on Northern tourists. “(It was) just another challenge,” said owner Margaret Peterson, with a shrug. Margaret and her daughter Amanda …

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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: Online sales shift was roaster’s recipe for success

For seven months, not a creature has stirred anywhere near Barren Ground Coffee’s modest 51 Avenue storefront. But the roast must go on and behind the scenes, the beans have been moving like hotcakes. The roasters started in Old Town in 2017 and move to the core in late 2019. The pandemic forced their shutdown less …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: Zehabesha Ethiopian Food owners touched by community support

Dinku Tadesse becomes misty eyed when he talks about the support Yellowknife has shown his restaurant.  He and his wife Eline Baye opened Zehabesha Traditional Ethiopian Food restaurant six years ago and he wants the community to know, thanks to their loyalty, the restaurant is “not going anywhere.” When they first closed their doors in …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: New focus guides Jackpine Paddle to calm waters

Some businesses have found themselves adapting to the circumstances of the pandemic just to survive, but some, like Jackpine Paddle have found a way to thrive. Like other tourism operators, the canoe adventure company’s traditional reliance on international tourists was halted when Covid arrived in the NWT in March and the border was closed. Jackpine …

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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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