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Loving Kimberley’s active lifestyle and small-town vibe

Angela and Perry Symes moved to Kimberley in 2013 from Oyen, Alberta, a small community west of Calgary. Five years later, they opened Black Dog Cycle and Ski where they sell, rent and service skis and bikes for the region’s outdoor-oriented lifestyle.

“We love where we live and promoting this active lifestyle certainly isn’t difficult,” Angela said.

The Symes want to expand on the small-town feel in their shop.

“We are hoping to expand on what other businesses are doing by encouraging people to get back to loving the small business again and get away from the big-box-store experience,” said Angela. “We really feel like Kimberley businesses are at the top of their game right now in this aspect.”

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Angela and Perry Symes opened Black Dog Cycle and Ski in Kimberley’s Platzl this summer.— Zoe Ferguson photo; courtesy Kootenay Business magazine