Leah Blain

Leah Blain

It’s all about apples at the Salmon Arm Applefest

Business Spotlight/Leah Blain

Downtown Salmon Arm and Askew’s are sponsoring Salmon Arm’s 4th Annual Apple Fest at Ross Street Plaza on Saturday, September 29 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. This lively community event celebrates the historical background and importance of apples and their role in the Shuswap. Local orchardists will be on-site, offering samples and selling their apple varietals, and the Mobile Juice Factory will be running public juicing.

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Meikle Art Studio is hosting a communal art project and Intwined Fibre Arts is hosting a do-it-yourself apple pom pom. There will be kids’ crafts, face-painting, balloon animals, and live music on the stage. There will be a selection of vendors and information booths, plus plenty of choices for tasty treats and lunch. The Shuswap Community Foundation is hosting a barbecue and Dough Boyz are serving up hot, stone-baked pizza.

Green award

Green Emerald Construction came home with two silver awards from the Canadian Home Builders Central Interior Keystone Awards in the energy efficiency category.

“It was pretty exciting,” says Gary Arsenault. “It’s the first time we’ve entered.”

Their company is committed to building highly energy efficient homes and the way they do is attention to every detail, from the foundation to the ceiling.

“Underneath the whole slab of concrete we put three inches of foam. It’s not a requirement but you lose 30 per cent of your heat through the floor, not everyone realizes that,” says Gary.

They use structural insulated panels (SPS) and insulated concrete forms (ICF) which results in highly energy efficient homes.

“We use heat recovery ventilation (HRV). Our basements are all insulated and with more energy efficiency the basements are as warm as the upstairs.”

Gary says they are also very committed to recycling and making minimal environmental footprints when they are constructing new homes.

“We use a lot of the trees we cut down. They are sawn into logs and beams. We use the rocks we blasted for retaining walls and foundations and we use the fill for terracing.”

New location

Salmon Arm Window & Door has moved from their location by the Greyhound station to their new shop at 2750 – 10th Avenue SW, beside Boathouse Marine & Leisure.

“We’ve got a lot more space, about double,” says owner Luke Engel.

“It’s nice having extra space for display. We now have all-weather windows and we carry Alliance Door products so there is more variety.”

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Salmon Arm Window & Door services the area from Chase to Revelstoke and south to Armstrong. They have nine employees and they will be hiring more people in the spring.

The business has been around since the 1990s but Luke bought it five years ago. He says one trend that’s popular now is the colour black.

“People are liking black exteriors, so the frames are black on the all-weather windows. It’s a modern stark look. There are more flat roof houses, metal siding and black window frames.”

They offer free consultation and specialize in new construction projects.

“If people are planning to build and want to sort out their windows and doors, we sit down with them and go over their plans.”


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