Amy Maund, right, founder of Laughing Lichen and Courtney Davison, operations supervisor, next to a sample of the wide range of wildcraft products made in Maund's off-grid home outside of Yellowknife. Maund has been using her lifetime or foraging skills and knowledge to build her company from once being at a farmers market to selling products across Canada. Brett McGarry NNSL/Photo

Focus on Business: Laughing Lichen

  Living off the land has always been an important part of life for Amy Maund. She spent her childhood out in the wilderness near her parents’ cabin by Great Slave Lake. As she got older she pursued an outdoor life through her work as a tree planter, but it wasn’t until she was taking...
Matthew Grogono shows off a freshly cut glass that will be ground down and polished on his one of a kind custom 1955 Hoover washing machine he built with Gary Vaillancourt. He's been using the machine since he started Old Town Glassworks in 1994. Brett McGarry/NNSL Photo

Focus on Business: Old Town Glassworks

In the early 90s then Mayor, Pat McMahon, once told Matthew Grogono that recycling was not something that would be done in the Northwest Territories. “We’re a mining town. We make it, we break it, we throw it away. We are at the end of the road,” Grogono quotes McMahon. “You can’t recycle in the...
Pablo Saravanja, left, and Jay Bulckaert with their Inspire 2 drone they use for their media production company Aerials North. Bulckaert is the certified pilot who operates the drone while Saravanja works the camera.

Focus on business: Aerials North

Jay Bulckaert and Pablo Saravanja, better known as the founders of the Artless Collective production company and the Dead North Film Festival, have spent the past few years branching out into the world of drones with their company Aerials North. Today they’re working with $10,000 drones and $4,000 cameras, but it didn’t start out that...
Rob Warburton, one of two partners who own and operate CloudWorks, says he's “hot to trot” for Yellowknife and provides a unique “turnkey” real estate service. He's seen here in one of his CloudWorks boardrooms available for booking for any of his clients.

Focus on Business: CloudWorks

Rob Warburton has always been passionate about real estate. From drawing floor plans as a child to owning his first house at 18, he always had his finger on the pulse of the real estate market, despite choosing a career in adventure tours. Guiding tours is what initially brought him to Yellowknife in 2005 before...
Mary Kelly plays a new piano she able to buy to help outfit her new business. It is one of several instruments she has available at Music Space. Brett McGarry/NNSL Photo

Focus on business: Music Space

The recent winner of the YK Win your Space contest Mary Kelly was able to take her growing home based business to the next level and provide a real community space for music education. Kelly, who holds a masters degree in community music, said that her business Music Interchange was to facilitate music education, especially...

Focus on business: YK Rocks

The man behind YK Rocks, the newest concert promotion company in town, is looking to invigorate the music scene by hosting open jam nights and running a concert series at the Black Knight Pub. Patrick Jacobson, life-long musician and founder of YK Rocks, came to Yellowknife a year ago from Whitehorse for a job. When he...
Brett McGarry/NNSL photo Alyssa Mosher, owner of A-List Organizers, says she's been fascinated with organization her whole life and living here in Yellowknife decided to open her own business doing just that.

Focus on business: A-List Organizing

As children, some people play house with dolls. Others may play army. Some may even play doctor. But when Alyssa Mosher was growing up, she was playing as an organizer. Her life-long obsession with keeping things tidy eventually culminated into her own business, A-List Organizing. “When I was younger and (had) friends over, I’d always...
Brett McGarry/NNSL photo Richard McIntosh pets and prepares a few of his sled dogs for an morning kick sled tour. The company has a total of eight sled dogs of varying breed that are used in groups of one or two for the tours.

Focus on business: SunDog Adventures

Started by husband and wife team of Christine Wenman and Richard McIntosh, SunDog Adventures opened their doors on Jan.23, bringing a unique blend of adventure tourism and kick sledding to Yellowknife. A popular pastime in Scandinavia, kick-sledding involves standing on a thin aluminum sled frame which is often self propelled by kicking yourself along. Wenman...
James Croizier has been the owner of Ogre's Lair for well over a decade now and has slowly amassed a large collection of games and gaming supplies which cram every corner of his shop in lower floor the Centre Square Mall. January 19, 2019 Brett McGarry/NNSL Photo

Focus on Business: Ogre’s Lair

In the lower level of the Centre Square Shopping Mall, tucked away amid empty retail spaces is a bustling hub of gaming activity known as the Ogre’s Lair. At first glace the store looks a little chaotic with every square inch of wall and window space tightly packed with a wide variety of colourful board...

YK Baby Inc starts bonding from within the womb

A new business in town wants to help you bond with your baby, even before the infant is born. YK Baby Inc., which opened for business in early October, offers non-diagnostic and non-medical ultrasounds in 2D, 3D and even 4D. The two-dimensional ultrasound scan is the traditional method used in the medical field by sending...
January 21, 2019 Sarah Kalnay-Watson is the owner of Let Me Knot, offering wedding consulting, event planning, floral services and marriage officiating out of shop in the CloudWorks One building on 52nd street, downtown Yellowknife. Brett McGarry/NNSL photo

Focus on Business: Let Me Knot provides far more than flowers

To say that Sarah Kalnay-Watson, the owner of Let Me Knot on 52 Street, is just a wedding planner would be vastly understating her duties. She acts as a wedding and events planner, but also as a florist and even administers marriage and officiates weddings out of her quaint shop. “Some of my friends joke...

Fish on the Bay plans to take fishing business mobile

On a bluebird day in December, Stephanie Vaillancourt is heading out on the Bay with her friend James Sangris to set a gill net. Vaillancourt is planning to expand her business, Fish on the Bay, to take fish and fish delicacies to a bigger Yellowknife market. Coffee washed down, the two set out by snowmobile...