Local Business

Mike Cosic is taking over as Benchmark Botanics’ new CEO. (LinkedIn)

Pitt Meadows cannabis company names new CEO

Mike Cosic was previously the CFO of Meta Growth Corp

Chameleon Cafe, located in Maple Ridge, B.C., has a permanent street-side patio. (Black Press files)

Chamber of Commerce wants Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows to move barriers to patios

Chamber president says struggling restaurants, bars and cafes don’t need additional red tape

Meridian and Ralph’s Farm Markets will be hiding treasure in local parks close to their Lower Mainland stores. (Special to The News)

Maple Ridge grocer hiding gift cards in parks

Meridian Farm Market’s spring treasure hunt will take place Saturday

Two employees who drive for work review a safety checklist before getting behind the wheel. (Kupicoo - iStock photo)

Road Safety at Work offers free webinar

Small businesses in Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows can ensure they keep driving employees safe

Two employees who drive for work review a safety checklist before getting behind the wheel. (Kupicoo - iStock photo)
Dogs big and small on the patio at Witchcraft Beer Market and Bistro. (City of Maple Ridge/Youtube)

VIDEO: Maple Ridge businesses embrace new dog friendly pilot project

Pets can come onto a patio at a restaurant or enter participating retail spaces

Dogs big and small on the patio at Witchcraft Beer Market and Bistro. (City of Maple Ridge/Youtube)
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

The first cruise ship of the 2019 season – the Celebrity Eclipse – docks in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
Dave Lemmon, new CEO of Enterra. (CNW Group/Enterra Feed Corporation)

Maple Ridge-based insect production company welcomes new CEO

Dave Lemmon joins Enterra after more than 25 years at J.M. Smucker Co.

Dave Lemmon, new CEO of Enterra. (CNW Group/Enterra Feed Corporation)
For the second year running, The News’ multi-media advertising consultant Jackie Brittain is up for provincial honours for the creative design of an ad for Golden Meadows Honey Farm in Pitt Meadows. (News illustration)

B.C. peers shortlist Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News for industry accolades

Magazine and creative ad earn local media outlet provincial attention – again

For the second year running, The News’ multi-media advertising consultant Jackie Brittain is up for provincial honours for the creative design of an ad for Golden Meadows Honey Farm in Pitt Meadows. (News illustration)
This renovation earned Maple Ridge’s West Coast Dream Homes a spot on the shortlist for a HAVAN homebuilder award. It’s the renovation of a project called West Coast Revival, and the value of contending projects had to range between $200,000 and $399,999. (Special to The News)

Local builders make awards shortlists

Number of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows developers among Georgie and HAVAN 2021 finalists

This renovation earned Maple Ridge’s West Coast Dream Homes a spot on the shortlist for a HAVAN homebuilder award. It’s the renovation of a project called West Coast Revival, and the value of contending projects had to range between $200,000 and $399,999. (Special to The News)
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

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)
Moby Amarsi is looking forward to welcoming the movie watching community in Pitt Meadows back to his cinema. (Ronan O’Doherty - The News)

Pitt Meadows movie theatre selling popcorn to help stay afloat

Hollywood 3 owner said he wouldn’t have been able to keep business open without gov subsidies

Moby Amarsi is looking forward to welcoming the movie watching community in Pitt Meadows back to his cinema. (Ronan O’Doherty - The News)
If Benchmark Botanics is unable to secure additional financing, they might have to scale back operations in Pitt Meadows. (Black Press files)

Pitt Meadows cannabis cultivator might make cuts

Benchmark Botanics Inc. announced it has financial liquidity issues

If Benchmark Botanics is unable to secure additional financing, they might have to scale back operations in Pitt Meadows. (Black Press files)
Dawn Bickle, Kaitlyn Beaton and Melissa Orser celebrating their third Anniversary in January 2021. (Special to The News)

New business weathers pandemic times

Lift Skin Health and Laser was in Maple Ridge two years when COVID-19 hit

Dawn Bickle, Kaitlyn Beaton and Melissa Orser celebrating their third Anniversary in January 2021. (Special to The News)
Dr. Sabrina Bhatti managed to keep her new dentistry practice open during a pandemic. (Special to The News)

Maple Ridge dentist battles through pandemic in first year of business

Dr. Sabrina Bhatti kept her new practice open for emergencies during worst months of COVID-19

Dr. Sabrina Bhatti managed to keep her new dentistry practice open during a pandemic. (Special to The News)
The site of the former Hammond Cedar sawmill is being investigated by developer Conwest developments. (The News files)

Developer investigating former Hammond Cedar site

Vancouver-based Conwest in talks with Interfor to buy riverfront property

The site of the former Hammond Cedar sawmill is being investigated by developer Conwest developments. (The News files)
City Hall reports the number of business licences in Maple Ridge continues to grow. (The News files)

Business growing in Maple Ridge despite pandemic

City hall reports number of business licences still on upward trajectory

City Hall reports the number of business licences in Maple Ridge continues to grow. (The News files)
Thrifty Foods in Maple Ridge will be closing at the end of May. (Neil Corbett/The News)

SmartCentres looking to replace Maple Ridge Thrifty Foods

Owners looking for new anchor tenant for Haney Place Mall

Thrifty Foods in Maple Ridge will be closing at the end of May. (Neil Corbett/The News)
The Business Excellence Awards were held on Saturday evening.

Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Chamber of Commerce honours its best

Annual Business Excellence Awards held Saturday night as virtual gala

The Business Excellence Awards were held on Saturday evening.
Golden Ears Cheesecrafters (The News files)

Maple Ridge dairy company uses government grant to improve food tracing capability

Golden Ears Cheesecrafters have made shift from manual paper-based system to real-time digital

Golden Ears Cheesecrafters (The News files)
Carin Baxter’s Pitt Meadows business, Ready Set Romper, is in British Vogue. Here Callum is wearing the “Prehistoric Pals” romper. (@jennavhphotography/Special to The News)

Pitt Meadows business featured in Vogue U.K.

Carin Baxter’s business Ready Set Romper is in the February issue of British Vogue

Carin Baxter’s Pitt Meadows business, Ready Set Romper, is in British Vogue. Here Callum is wearing the “Prehistoric Pals” romper. (@jennavhphotography/Special to The News)