Ashley Holecz adds some winter wearables to the Curves-sponsored Christmas tree at the corner of Lakeshore Drive and Shuswap Street. Curves staff, including Holecz and owner Sue Jordan, will be adding new items to the tree each week, including socks, toques and other items donated by the gym’s membership that are free to the public to take as needed. (Lachlan Labere/Salmon Arm Observer)

Downtown Salmon Arm businesses decorate with the spirit of giving

Business owners use Christmas trees to give back to community

A number of downtown Salmon Arm businesses aren’t waiting until Dec. 25 to put gifts around the Christmas tree.

Christmas trees have sprung up once again in the city’s commercial core, courtesy of Downtown Salmon Arm, for decoration by local businesses.

In addition to the usual festive decorations, a number of business owners are using their sponsored trees to give back to the community. The Inclusive Arts Pottery and Craft Studio owner Barb Belway has set hers up as a Pay It Forward tree. In addition to Christmas ornaments, Belway has chosen to decorate the tree, located at 81 Hudson Ave., with a variety of offerings, from children’s mittens to packets of hot chocolate mix, that are free to take. In turn, she hopes, people will add to the tree in the spirit of paying it forward.

Related: In photos: Downtown Salmon Arm tree lighting

Curves gym owner Sue Jordan has her business’ sponsored tree, located at the corner of Lakeshore Drive and Shuswap Street, adorned with toques, socks, gloves and other items donated by the gym’s members that are available for the public to take as needed. Curves employee Ashley Holecz said new items will be added each week to the tree so it isn’t left bare.


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