Linda Haist, formerly of Beyond the Bed, has opened her own residential and commercial cleaning service, Cloud 9 Cleaning. Reach Linda at 604-223-1766 or britgirl@telus.net. Rates start at $25 an hour for basic cleaning. Call for a free estimate.

Patricia Townsley is the new Chief Operating Officer at Inclusion Powell River. Patricia, who was formerly the director of the Powell River General Hospital, was with Vancouver Coastal Health for 10 years.  She joined the Inclusion team in March and will work closely with Lila Tipton, Executive Director, David Morris, Director of Employment Services, Advocacy and Innovations and Lynn Roberts, Director of Adult Services.

Change is afoot with second hand stores. MCC Thrift Shop is moving and will open in their new location on Franklin Avenue (in the old Brick Building) on May 6.  The new space gives MCC more room for used furniture as well as the second hand goods that they currently sell.

The Salvation Army will open a second hand store in the old MCC location on Alberni Street.

Blue Sky Consignment is now open to stay at 4493 Marine Avenue. What started as a seasonal pop-up sale has turned into a permanent boutique for owner Jenni Dyer, offering new and nearly new women’s clothing, handbags, shoes, jewellery and home décor items.  “Consignment is becoming a very popular way of shopping around the world,” says Jenni. “It’s a way for people to have fun with fashion while on a budget. I also love that we are helping to reuse and repurpose items.” You may have met Jenni at this year’s Home and Garden Show; she was the winner of the free booth! Or you may know Jenni as the Lifestyle and Leisure Services Coordinator at Kiwanis Assisted Living. Check out the Facebook page or visit Blue Sky Thursdays and Fridays between noon and 5 pm or Saturday 10 am to 5 pm.

Mayet Massage opened May 1 at The Good Spot, 9398 Hwy 101 (beside Skeeter Jack’s). Massage therapist Claire MacPherson is returning to her massage roots. Claire, a graduate of Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching Clinic in Toronto in 2002, practiced both in Ontario and BC before taking a hiatus to pursue other work. Trained with a focus on balanced and holistic health modalities, Mayet Massage offers Swedish and relaxation massage. Find Claire on Facebook, online booking available.

A new consignment store on Willingdon Avenue opened where Charlie Rose used to be located. Karen Peterson opened Willow Rose Boutique last month. If someone would prefer to donate their goods instead of selling on consignment, Karen will donate 50 per cent from these sales to Grace House.

Powell River Hospital Foundation has two new directors. Chriopractor Dr. Jeremy Buhay and realtor Meaghan Westie have joined the board. The foundation funds equipment that improves the quality of patient care at the hospital. To donate, call the foundation office at 604 485-3211 Ext 4349, Wednesday from 10 am to 1 pm.  For more info visit prhospitalfoundation.com.

Road Warrior Welding Inc. is a new business by Pat Haist, located at Unit C-7312 Sunshine Coast Highway, near Augusta Recycing behind the quonset building.  Pat is a full journeyman pressure ticketed red seal welder and fabricator with 35 years experience. As the name suggests, he has a mobile welder. He also does heavy-duty mechanic work. Call 604 223 1457 for Pat or 604 223 1766 for the office. The company also has a large Hiab crane truck that can be hired.

Got a hankering for fast food, but don’t want to leave home? Dustin Cross thought so. That’s why he created Fast Track Delivery, a “from the store to your door” delivery service that brings take out food, groceries, or “anything that’s legal and will fit in a car” to your home. He says it’s cheaper than a cab, or getting a store to deliver. The service is available 11-11 seven days a week. Reach Dustin at 604-344-0682 or find PRFastTrackDelivery on Facebook.

with files from Kim Miller/Powell River Chamber of Commerce

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