Local Business

A lumber planer has been installed at the former Metric Modular site as PowerWood works on moving from Surrey to Agassiz. Established in 1995, the red cedar product manufacturer will have plenty of room to grow in Agassiz, said co-owner Jake Power. (Adam Louis/Observer)

Surrey cedar processor PowerWood moving to Agassiz

The company ships red cedar projects all over the world

The first cruise ship of the 2019 season – the Celebrity Eclipse – docks in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

Tourism spending in Canada dropped by almost 50 per cent in 2020

Tourism-related jobs dropped by almost 29 per cent

Victoria’s Fairmont Empress hotel closed for three months in late 2020, early 2021, to undergo renovations in leveraging slower hotel traffic because of COVID-19 restrictions. A new report from Statistics Canada find many businesses in the accommodation and food services sector are bracing for another tough year. (Courtesy of Fairmont Empress hotel)

Survey finds Canada’s hospitality industry has low expectations for year ahead

Almost 87 per cent of businesses in accommodation and food services report lower revenues in 2020

Abbotsford’s 360 Collision Centres earned the Outstanding Community Service award from the ARA BC for the success of the Wings and Wheels event earlier this summer. (Tyler Olsen/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford’s 360 Collision Centres wins award

ARA BC presents local business with Outstanding Community Service award

Abbotsford’s 360 Collision Centres earned the Outstanding Community Service award from the ARA BC for the success of the Wings and Wheels event earlier this summer. (Tyler Olsen/Abbotsford News)
Nature Pickin’s Market won the Outstanding Support Award at the 2020 Abbotsford Business Excellence Awards. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford’s Nature’s Pickin’s Market wins Outstanding Support Award

Local business showed exemplary response to ensure safety of customers and employees during pandemic

Nature Pickin’s Market won the Outstanding Support Award at the 2020 Abbotsford Business Excellence Awards. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)
Paul Sweeting, the owner of Ravens Brewing Co., helped lead his company to success during the pandemic. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford’s Ravens Brewing Co. wins Innovation Excellence Award

Local business pivoted in an innovative way to meet the unique demands of the COVID-19 pandemic

Paul Sweeting, the owner of Ravens Brewing Co., helped lead his company to success during the pandemic. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)
Abbotsford’s Patna Sweets and Restaurant has been awarded the Frontline Excellence Award at the 2020 Abbotsford Business Excellence Awards.

Abbotsford’s Patna Sweets and Restaurant wins Frontline Excellence Award

Local business recognized for its leadership and grace to aid Abbotsford during the pandemic

Abbotsford’s Patna Sweets and Restaurant has been awarded the Frontline Excellence Award at the 2020 Abbotsford Business Excellence Awards.
Abbotsford’s Zone Garage Fraser Valley won the Community Contribution Award at the 2020 Abbotsford Business Excellence Awards. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford’s Fraser Valley Zone Garage wins Community Contribution Award

Local business wins big at the 2020 Abbotsford Business Excellence Awards

Abbotsford’s Zone Garage Fraser Valley won the Community Contribution Award at the 2020 Abbotsford Business Excellence Awards. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)
The best in Abbotsford business was recognized on Thursday morning.

VIDEO: 2020 Abbotsford Business Excellence Awards

Best in local business honoured on Thursday morning in virtual ceremony

The best in Abbotsford business was recognized on Thursday morning.
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Six thoroughbred horses seized from Mission property in BC SPCA animal-cruelty investigation

Horses suffering from malnutrition, dental issues, parasites, skin issues, hoof injuries

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The Quality Hotel on North Parallel Road in Abbotsford has been rebranded as the Clarion Hotel and Conference Centre. (Submitted photo)

Quality Hotel in Abbotsford rebranded as Clarion Hotel and Conference Centre

Wanson Group announces that location has undergone a full renovation

The Quality Hotel on North Parallel Road in Abbotsford has been rebranded as the Clarion Hotel and Conference Centre. (Submitted photo)
Fraser Valley Regional District office on Cheam Avenue in Chilliwack reopening with restrictions in place as of Oct. 16, 2020. (Paul Henderson/Chilliwack Progress file)

FVRD to reopen corporate office on a limited basis

Fraser Valley Regional District visitors will be screened and asked to maintain physical distancing

Fraser Valley Regional District office on Cheam Avenue in Chilliwack reopening with restrictions in place as of Oct. 16, 2020. (Paul Henderson/Chilliwack Progress file)
Sam Rytter paints a parking bollard in front of a strip of businesses off Mill Street on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. He’s been volunteering with elbow grease for the past several Sundays to spruce up downtown Chilliwack. (Jessica Peters/ The Progress)

Volunteer cleaning crew using elbow grease to improve downtown Chilliwack

Sunday morning cleaning sessions tackle drug mess, excrement, chipping paint around business area

Sam Rytter paints a parking bollard in front of a strip of businesses off Mill Street on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. He’s been volunteering with elbow grease for the past several Sundays to spruce up downtown Chilliwack. (Jessica Peters/ The Progress)
Abbotsford mortgage broker Geoff Lee and his team at GLM Mortgage Group recently won a top industry award. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford mortgage broker and team win top industry award

GLM Mortgage Group receives gold for Best Customer Service

Abbotsford mortgage broker Geoff Lee and his team at GLM Mortgage Group recently won a top industry award. (Submitted photo)
GUEST COLUMN: Couldn’t function in COVID without truckers

GUEST COLUMN: Couldn’t function in COVID without truckers

During national trucking week, Langley group spotlights what went into ensuring drivers keep rolling

  • Sep 5, 2020
GUEST COLUMN: Couldn’t function in COVID without truckers
Canopy Growth Corp. closed down its Aldergrove cannabis greenhouses back in March, but still operates a visitors centre in Ontario. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

Canopy Growth intends to sell Aldergrove cannabis greenhouses

Six months after the local facilities were shuttered, and staff laid off, the property sits unused

Canopy Growth Corp. closed down its Aldergrove cannabis greenhouses back in March, but still operates a visitors centre in Ontario. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)
Group publisher Lisa Farquharson has overseen the launch of Today’s Home a new online platform from Black Press Media. (Heather Colpitts/Black Press Media)

Black Press Media’s new real estate platform helps you Find. Love. Live. that new home

New web portal launches for Langley and Abbotsford but watch for it to expand in the coming months

Group publisher Lisa Farquharson has overseen the launch of Today’s Home a new online platform from Black Press Media. (Heather Colpitts/Black Press Media)
The Get Air trampoline park in Abbotsford will not be reopening. (File photo)

Get Air Abbotsford trampoline park permanently closes

Family fun facility not reopening after closure due to COVID-19

The Get Air trampoline park in Abbotsford will not be reopening. (File photo)
Staff have remained the same at the 28728 Fraser Hwy. store but the banner name has changed from Ace Hardware, to Rona. (Rona/Special to the Star)

Aberdeen’s Ace Hardware store unveils itself as newest Rona location

Staff marked the grand opening Aug. 13 with four days of sales

Staff have remained the same at the 28728 Fraser Hwy. store but the banner name has changed from Ace Hardware, to Rona. (Rona/Special to the Star)
Stephen Jagger, co-founder of the real estate startup addy, stands outside the Starbucks at Yale and Airport in Chilliwack in July. The company is bringing the building online as an investment option for small investors in August, 2020, (Submitted photo)

Real estate startup opens market to small investors in Chilliwack

New company uses crowdfunding to make real estate investing more accessible to all

Stephen Jagger, co-founder of the real estate startup addy, stands outside the Starbucks at Yale and Airport in Chilliwack in July. The company is bringing the building online as an investment option for small investors in August, 2020, (Submitted photo)