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BACK TO BUSINESS: Prosperous Lake Soap Co. supplies means of self-care through pandemic

Jackie Hall never imagined she’d turn her hobby into a business – now she can’t keep ahead of Yellowknifers’ penchant for products. Former government director turned Yellowknife entrepreneur Jackie Hall has been helping Yellowknifers stay squeaky clean for almost two years through Prosperous Lake Soap Co.  Now retired, Hall launched her company in May 2019 …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: River Bend Motel presses on amid pandemic vacancy slump

Too much effort put into motel to give up, says owner Daniel Jackson Daniel Jackson is blunt about the experience of opening a new motel during the Covid-19 pandemic. “Horrible. Horrible. There’s no business,” he said over the phone from Fort Good Hope. He had been trying to open River Bend Motel since 2018 but …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: Wildrose Physiotherapy shifts to virtual health during pandemic

Working fewer hours but seeing more patients remotely, says physiotherapist Kaeleigh Brown The Covid-19 pandemic gave Wildrose Physiotherapy an opportunity to lock in a virtual approach to health care. When coronavirus first arrived in the NWT last March, Wildrose owner Kaeleigh Brown halted in-person appointments. Search for virtual platform She remained closed for about six …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: Yellowknife Cards captures YK icons

Borders are closed and would-be visitors unable to travel, local residents can still send a piece of Yellowknife to friends and family outside the NWT through the creative products featured at one local business.  Yellowknife Cards has only been in operation for one year, but its cards have quickly become a staple at markets and …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: Let Me Knot navigates pandemic pinch

Love blossoms despite Covid-19, but fewer people are going forward to tie the knot with wedding service companies. Sarah Kalnay-Watson is all too familiar with that reality as the owner of Let Me Knot. The “massive reduction” in weddings in Yellowknife due to limitations on gatherings has cut her wedding and event planning income by 90 …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: Talbot Technologies sees success due to pandemic IT surge

After Yellowknifers were ordered to stay home last March, remote capabilities became essential as homes transitioned to offices and social gatherings went virtual. That meant technology moved to the top of priority lists, and for Talbot Technologies, business picked up. Trey Talbot started Talbot Technologies In April 2018 after earning his computer information technology diploma …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: Fewer customers, shorter tempers at Big River Service Centre

Like the travellers he serves, Chris Mitchell has driven a winding and bumpy road over the last 11 months. As the manager of Big River Service Centre in Fort Providence – the only gas station and shop on the 480-kilometre route from Hay River to Yellowknife – Mitchell has been in a unique spot to …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: Comfortable clothing sales keep Iceblink from freezing up during pandemic

Clothing shop Iceblink has defied pandemic challenges over the past year and successfully tapped into customer demand for comfortable clothing and shopping in a relaxing space. The women’s apparel shop experienced its best sales in 2020 since it opened almost eight years ago. Revenues were up by about 20 per cent compared to 2019 and …

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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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