Written by Danielle Cunningham

In 2003, Angie and Bruce Barnard purchased the Painted Turtle Guesthouse, a European-style accommodation located in the heart of downtown Nanaimo. The couple devoted 11 years to the hotel/hostel, committing hard work and innovation to grow and develop the award-winning business that now serves local and international community members.

Written by Danielle Cunningham

In August 2014, Bent Tree Wellness Centre opened its doors to provide holistic health education and assistance programs for patrons in downtown Nanaimo. Owners Adam and Jess Hartwell, and their team of 8 professionals offer services in massage therapy, yoga/meditation, floating, life coaching, workshops, and energy healing in an area untapped by advocates for health and wellness.A Community Futures Central Island loan helped to get the business up and running.

Written by Danielle Cunningham


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Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Gabriola Island, Lantzville, Nanoose, Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Bowser, French Creek, Lasquiti Island


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