Ecotreats happy in Salmon Arm

Leah Blain

Spotlight on Business

Owners Karina White and Carlos Ruiz, along with their team, have opened their Salmon Arm location of Ecotreats.

Those who have been to their Scotch Creek location will recognize the menu, but they have many new additions including several ‘grab and go’ items – grilled paninis, salads, fresh spring rolls, as well as gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options.

For now their hours are Monday-Saturday 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. but they will expand their hours in the fall. They’re at the corner of Alexander Street and the Trans-Canada Highway, former home of Java Jive.

“We want to thank Salmon Arm for being so welcoming,” says Karina. “It’s been so great.”

She says city hall staff were supportive and helpful, and the people coming through the door have been giving them a warm reception, and it’s been very busy.

“We’re excited to be part of Salmon Arm and to grow with Salmon Arm.”

You can follow Ecotreats on Facebook or Instagram, or call them at 778-489-5545.

Fairs create a fair bit of cash

Fairs are all about community building, but Ronnalee McMahon, 2017 Salmon Arm Fair Coordinator, says fairs are also an important part of the local and provincial economy.

“We’re attracting visitors in and beyond our city and they’re spending in our community. BC fairs spend $13.3 million annually in their own communities or local region.”

Ronnalee says this figure doesn’t include the PNE, but just local town fairs. And BC fair visitors spend an estimated $17- $25 million on site.

“The fair is an incredible contribution to the economy,” says Ronnalee. “The fair also promotes our local agricultural producers and plays a part in showing their significance.”

TELUS launches new rewards program

TELUS has launched a free new Rewards for PureFibre customers 45 communities in B.C. and Alberta, with Salmon Arm being one of those included.

Customers accumulate points and can redeem them for things like bill credits, free movie rentals, entry into contests to win devices, tablets or TV’s, or charity donations. One point equals $1 in value. Fifteen points gets you all the Netflix you desire with one month of free unlimited home internet.

To activate an account go to, log in and click on the TELUS Rewards banner. There are various ways to accumulate points. Visit their website for more details.