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Coffee In Fernie – Who’s Brewing What

Fernie Coffee Shops - Brewing & Roasting Coffee

B e a n p o d

Beanpod roasts, serves and sells a Dark and Italian blend. It’s all done in their downtown Fernie shop in small batches…so it doesn’t get much fresher than that.

L o a f B a k e r y
Loaf daily brews Kootenay Coffee for everyone to enjoy. Kootenay Coffee comes from Nelson, BC. While you’re there, you should get a pumpkin loaf to go with your coffee. Deliciousness!

F r e s h i e s
Bean Around The World is brewed at Freshies from lighter brews to the darkest, slaps-you-in-your-face coffee you’ll ever taste. I couldn’t quite figure out the background of BATW but I do have fond memories of hanging out at BATW in Vancouver – so to have it in Fernie is a little heartwarming.

M u g s h o t s
Oso Negro is a popular coffee company from Nelson, BC. I like the coffee and Mugshots.

Of course, you can get coffee at other locations but these are the “coffee shops” of Fernie and sometimes it’s nice to know what they’re brewing (and roasting!)

What The Dickens! Holiday Celebrations At The Arts Station (and around Fernie)

What The Dickens - Christmas Celebrations and Activities In Fernie BC
(click on the poster for a larger view)

Flow Conversations – Let’s Talk About The Elk River

flow conversations - Fernie BC

Freshies Grand Opening

Freshies Cafe in Fernie - Grand Opening 2011
As a teacher, I’m fortunate to be able to spend school breaks in Fernie. In summer this means eight relaxing weeks of river-rafting, disc-golf in James White Park and bike rides up to Mount Fernie Provincial Park.

Things get dodgy in winter, though, when my status is downgraded to part-timer. I find myself jamming my city-bound duties into five never-ending days just to get to those golden forty-four weekend Fernie hours.

When in town on a lazy summer day or in a frenzied winter rush, my visits to Freshies have always been scheduled in ink.  From my very first visit back in 2007, Freshies was the place to meet. Within its rough brick and warm yellow walls, I attended my first author reading, was interviewed for the local paper and was offered a position as a Fernie Writers’ Conference instructor. As time went on, I met more and more locals and became a whiz at picking out the tourists.

Often,  my coffee (or tea) date and I just sat and sipped in front of our plates of home-baked goods and soaked up the chatter of children playing in the front window while their parents (often holding newborns—you know what I’m talking about!) told war stories of the latest snow day or maybe that black bear on the bike trail; or the city guys, talking about snow removal, or road construction; or the sound of laughter coming from the till as another customer was teased and made welcome.

Freshies is the place I brought my five-year-old daughter on warm summer days when she was still too young to attend Adventure Camp. Adventure Camp? Pshaw! Soon I had a little Freshie Fan begging to go back. She’d arrive with her Barbie backpack filled with colouring books and paper and crayons. First order of business: grab a juicebox from the cooler, then find a place to settle in  and colour replicas of all the hand-painted tiles inlaid in the tables as mom yapped to her friends.

So I must admit, I’m a little sad to hear of Freshies’ relocation. It’s been a great touchstone for an out-of-towner. More than a coffee shop, it’s a place to gather and regroup. Come “home,” if only for an hour. Or three.

Pushing aside these maudlin feelings, I think of the day I brought my little girl in for a lunch date. She has a nut allergy, and we weren’t sure we should risk a cross-contamination allergic reaction. When I spoke to Kim about it, she immediately went in the back and found nut-free wraps and fresh veggies. No problem. Soup? Check. Wiping down the prep area, just to be safe? Yep, of course. And throughout the discussion, she included my daughter, asking what she liked, and is this okay? How about that?

You’ve never seen a bigger smile on a little girl. She belonged. This was her place.

In the end, it doesn’t matter where Freshies is — that vibe you get, that heart — comes from the people that run it.

Best of luck! We can’t wait to check out the new digs.

Meet you at Freshies!

– Kim McCullough

Janice Strong Slideshow – Beautiful East Kootenay

Janice Strong slideshow of Beautiful East Kootenays

Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge in Fernie

Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge 2010 in Fernie at Freshies

In 2001 the Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge started in the Canadian province of British Columbia with 856 babies and their mothers at 26 sites. By 2009, there were 4,766 babies at 246 sites in 21 countries. The Breastfeeding Challenge continues to grow globally as additional people join in. Breastfeeding and donor milk-banking need support around the world.

Saturday, October 2 · 10:30am – 1:00pm – Location Freshies.
Check the Fernie Facebook Details Page Here.

More information from BabyFriendly.ca:

What: Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge 2010. This fun event is a challenge for which geographic area (province, state or territory) has the most breastfeeding babies, as a percentage of the birthrate, “latched on” at 11am local time.

When: October 2nd, 2010

Why: to celebrate breastfeeding and mil-banking, and demonstrate promotion, protection and support for breastfeeding women and their families. It’s a chance for education and peer support done in a fun social way.

Location: a health unit or hospital, local coffee shop, mall or any other venue.

Numbers: 2-??

“Latch on”: 11am local time. Some sites are a few breastfeeding women who get together to “be counted” and others are much larger events with lunch, raffles, education, speakers, door prizes etc

Registration: online at no cost (option to print and mail) Visit www.babyfriendly.ca

A Refreshing Freshies Cafe in Fernie

Freshies Baked Goods
I often meet at Freshies, a cafe on 2nd ave in Fernie, for meetings or just to catch up with a friend. It’s a friendly, cash only type of place where you can find organic coffee, teas, fresh baked goods, soup specials – you know the type of place. It’s like hanging out at home but with strangers. There’s even a little play area for moms who need a little break and a separate seating area for those who want a little privacy. This community cafe supports local businesses and events by providing poster and business card spaces, which is nice for the community. I check the cork board each time I’m there. So that’s Freshies.

Freshies  – 561 2nd ave., Fernie BC
Open 6 to 6