Local Business

Enclosed in today’s edition is the list of the best of the best Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows businesses and organizations, as selected by you (the readers).

A-LIST: Record votes cast in 2021

A first-time winner from Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows shares what it means to be a finalist

  • Oct 22, 2021
Brothers Shahram and Bahram Rashti will produce greens indoors in Pitt Meadows at UP Vertical Farms. (Special to The News)

Brothers bring UP Vertical Farms to Pitt Meadows

Plan to grow enough greens to supply the province

Kingfishers in Maple Ridge has been selected as one of the best for outdoor dining by a restaurant website. (Opentable/Special to The News)

Maple Ridge restaurant lauded for outdoor dining

Kingfishers on the Fraser River stands out, says Opentable.com

Darren Entwistle, President and CEO of Telus. (CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim)

Telus announces $60 million investment in Maple Ridge

Connecting homes and businesses to fibre optic network

Darren Entwistle, President and CEO of Telus. (CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim)
Maple Ridge city hall (Neil Corbett/The News)

Maple Ridge city hall launches tool for business investors

City demographic,, commercial and industrial real estate, more easily researched

Maple Ridge city hall (Neil Corbett/The News)
Kevin Severinski, and his wife Audra, are the third generation of their family to own a dairy farm that has been operating now for 100 years in Pitt Meadows. The farm was recognized Sunday for being a major contributor to the province’s agriculture sector for a century. (Chamber of commerce/Special to The News)

Farming for a century garners provincial honours

Severinski family honoured for past contributions to agriculture while planning for next 100 years

Kevin Severinski, and his wife Audra, are the third generation of their family to own a dairy farm that has been operating now for 100 years in Pitt Meadows. The farm was recognized Sunday for being a major contributor to the province’s agriculture sector for a century. (Chamber of commerce/Special to The News)
Chamber’s Al Hogarth highlighted the importance of shopping local for generating local employment. (Priyanka Ketkar/The News)

Shopping local is about supporting local families, generating employment, reducing carbon footprint

Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows business leaders and representatives express the need to shop local

Chamber’s Al Hogarth highlighted the importance of shopping local for generating local employment. (Priyanka Ketkar/The News)
Local dog owners are now able to visit participating shops and patios with their four-legged friend, and if they have a special dog tag, they can receive 10 per cent off from participating businesses. (Maple Ridge illustration)

Dogs earn shoppers discounts at Maple Ridge businesses

In a new city program, merchants offer 10% off to registered puppies (and owners) when shopping

Local dog owners are now able to visit participating shops and patios with their four-legged friend, and if they have a special dog tag, they can receive 10 per cent off from participating businesses. (Maple Ridge illustration)
A mother stands with her daughter, visiting senior parents but observing social distancing with a glass door between them. The granddaughter puts her hand up to the glass, the grandfather and grandmother doing the same. A small connection in a time of separation during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are a number of local charities that could use help, financially and otherwise, and looking help through the Envision Financial’s #commentsofkindness initiative. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

#commentsofkindess helps infuse local charities with needed cash

Envision’s charity arm First West Foundation is running a Simple Generosity program in Maple Ridge

A mother stands with her daughter, visiting senior parents but observing social distancing with a glass door between them. The granddaughter puts her hand up to the glass, the grandfather and grandmother doing the same. A small connection in a time of separation during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are a number of local charities that could use help, financially and otherwise, and looking help through the Envision Financial’s #commentsofkindness initiative. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Community residents, businesses, and youth are all encouraged to complete economic development surveys. (The News files)

City of Maple Ridge asks for community input on economic development

Three surveys available online will help shape strategy for years to come

Community residents, businesses, and youth are all encouraged to complete economic development surveys. (The News files)
Five Denny’s restaurants in B.C. will now carry Natera plant-based foods. Pictured here are the Seasoned Chick-Un Tenders. (Special to The News)

Pitt Meadows plant-based food company lands products in Denny’s

Five B.C. locations will carry Natera brand meat-alternatives

Five Denny’s restaurants in B.C. will now carry Natera plant-based foods. Pictured here are the Seasoned Chick-Un Tenders. (Special to The News)
Jackie Brittain demonstrated her artistic talents when conceiving an idea and sketching out an award-winning advertising campaign for Golden Meadows Honey Farm. Her efforts have earned her back-to-back industry accolades, including a gold medal win at the BCYCNA Ma Murray Awards Thursday night.

VIDEO: Honeycomb sketches turn into back-to-back industry accolades for News

A honey ad and a quarterly lifestyle magazine produced by The News were lauded by B.C. news media

  • Jun 12, 2021
Jackie Brittain demonstrated her artistic talents when conceiving an idea and sketching out an award-winning advertising campaign for Golden Meadows Honey Farm. Her efforts have earned her back-to-back industry accolades, including a gold medal win at the BCYCNA Ma Murray Awards Thursday night.
John Anjo, founder/ director of Dwelltech, poses in front of his newest creation. The YOCTO is a 72 square foot tiny home with all the fixings. (Ronan O’Doherty/ The News)

VIDEO: Maple Ridge company builds remarkably tiny home

Dwelltech founder constructs 72-square-foot home as passion project

John Anjo, founder/ director of Dwelltech, poses in front of his newest creation. The YOCTO is a 72 square foot tiny home with all the fixings. (Ronan O’Doherty/ The News)
Sammy Js will open a new location in Maple Ridge, at The Brickwater, at the end of June. (Neil Corbett/The News)

Two new restaurants about to open in Downtown Maple Ridge

Sammy J’s and The Nut will be at The Brickwater

Sammy Js will open a new location in Maple Ridge, at The Brickwater, at the end of June. (Neil Corbett/The News)
Juginder Shah says his customers are ‘part of his family,’ but he is going to be cautious about re-opening his restaurant to indoor dining. (Ronan O’Doherty/ The News)

Ridge Meadows restaurants react to restrictions relaxing

Pitt Meadows - Maple Ridge eateries cautiously optimistic on new provincial guidelines

Juginder Shah says his customers are ‘part of his family,’ but he is going to be cautious about re-opening his restaurant to indoor dining. (Ronan O’Doherty/ The News)
CubicFarms have announced the addition of Janet Wood to its board of directors. (Special to The News)

Pitt Meadows/ Langley grow tech business names new member to board of directors

Janet Wood will join the agricultural firm after a brief stint as pres and CEO of Science World

  • May 16, 2021
CubicFarms have announced the addition of Janet Wood to its board of directors. (Special to The News)
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

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

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

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