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Tuesday, 09 August 2011 08:22

Pincher Creek Chamber capitalizes on region’s most abundant resources

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By Susan Quinlan
Pincher Creek
The Pincher Creek Chamber of Commerce has come up with a unique income-generating idea, marketing the region’s use of green energy by opening a gift store stocked with items that reflect that theme.

“The gift shop has a number of goals … one, to be a location for travellers to gather information about the area, to help the Chamber of Commerce be self-sufficient and not have to depend on membership income to survive, and to promote the green energy that Pincher Creek and district is so rich with.” said Pincher Creek Chamber President, Bruce Buckingham.

To kick off this new business venture, the Pincher Creek Chamber held a contest and asked local artists to design a logo for the store, which would then be placed on store merchandise.

The winner of that contest was Janet Lee, who incorporated solar and wind power in her winning design. Lee’s logo is now stamped on shirts, hats, magnets and various other items, as well as items unique to the area, such as model wind turbines, said Buckingham.

Store Administrator, Lieve Parisis, said Wind Fun & More will stock a number of different items, catering to most age groups and ecofriendly interests.

“All the items are related to renewable energy … things that can turn/blow in the wind; things that work with solar or wind power; science kits for kids; postcards made by local artists; ecofriendly lunch bags; books related to renewable energy and the solar system; craft kits …

“We will expand along the way. We’ll see what works and does not work.”

Wind Fun & More is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Ranchland Mall.

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