These bowls are handcrafted from discarded coconut shells, and a tree is planted for each bowl sold. Rainforest’s natural coconut bowls will perfect any eco-friendly kitchen of yours! Biodegradable, much sustainable, long lasting, and adds some pure ‘coconuty-ness’ to your kitchen! Add a tropical feeling to your summer picnic, bring the island feeling inside your cozy home in the winter, or just enjoy a salad in any one of the four seasons! Choose the coconut bowl that totally suits you and your friends, and you’re rockin’! Don’t forget to Enjoy!!!
After selling out recently, we have gotten our hands on more copies of the premiere edition of Freya, a Kootenay Women Collective. The magazine includes an article by Reese and Killian McRory about what we stand to lose if the Zincton Mountain Resort and other tenure proposals come to fruition in the Piq kiʔláwnaʔ, or White Grizzly corridor, between New Denver and Kaslo.
In addition, the cover story features a profile of Marilyn James, matriarch of the Autonomous Sinixt. Half of all Freya proceeds will go to support the local Sinixt, with the other half going toward a mental health fund for women in the Kootenays.
We have many local suppliers. We are supported by customers, but we wouldn’t even be here if it weren’t for our suppliers, and it goes the other way too. I am writing this to celebrate them and, of course, you the customer. We carry many items, some local and some not, but I am focusing on the local suppliers, our neighbours, our friends. We have items from: Silver Cedar, my Aunt’s company, including puppets, plushies (decorative stuffies), decor, fairy doors, and more; Gnomes by Magnificent Mouse – big stuffies and small clay gnomes; hand-knitted gloves and hats by Taeko, the store owner; and much more, so much more that I can’t even say!!! Enjoy our store, and stay well!!!
BY ROSE, 9 YEARS OLD ENJOY!!!!! 😉 😉 😉 😉 😉 😉 😉 😉 😉 😉 😉 😉
We would like to thank every one of our wonderful customers who supported us during 2020. If we don’t see you today – and we will be closed January 1st to 5th – all the best until we do see you in 2021! 🙂
We are proud to announce that Kyowakai: Memory and Healing in New Denver, BC by local author Anne Champagne is now available at the Raven’s Nest. This extraordinary book is published by the Village of New Denver and all proceeds go to benefit our beloved Nikkei Centre.
It is December and our annual customer appreciation sale is on with everything in the store now 10% off. We will be open every day through December 24th – and open late this Friday, Dec. 4th, for Merchants Night. We’ve got ornaments, cards, and great gifts including awesome natural fibre clothes, warm wool blankets, quality books, candles, jewelry and more. Take care out there and we hope to see you soon!
Having twice sold out of Peter J. Smith’s Silver Rush: British Columbia’s Silvery Slocan 1891-1900 – far and away our bestseller of 2020 – we are thrilled to have it back on our shelves once again. Local writer and historian Greg Nesteroff calls the hefty tome, “By far the most detailed and accurate account of the Silvery Slocan mining rush ever written. Highly entertaining too.”
“This poem is a fascinating exercise in the bending, blending, and merging of genres while at the same time assaulting the empty pretensions of narcissistic nihilism in today’s grossly politicized literary environment,” writes local writer Roger Lewis in his review of Art Joyce’s newest work, Dead Crow & the Spirit Engine.
“Not the usual series of disjointed prose statements about the poet’s emotions, Dead Crow & the Spirit Engine is an epic narrative of thirty linked poems written in tercets framed by a prose introduction with notes at the end. It explores many layers of meaning in a time when we are told nothing means anything. Mythic characters and episodes span all creation and time. Individual passages glow with lyric intensity and individual lines can have epigrammatic force e.g. ‘Starvation/does vicious things to innocence’ (p. 47). Dead Crow has a narrative voice that veers from grand literary eloquence to the flatly prosaic, sometimes a laconic film noir drawl with coarse diction. Other genres include fable, folktale, dream vision, dramatic monologue, soliloquy, fantasy and heroic quest.”
Our shelves are full of great books, particularly after replenishing our stock this week. We have a full dozen of the 15 current bestsellers in BC, and several other national bestsellers.
One of these popular books that we are especially excited about – Blue Sky Kingdom: An Epic Family Journey to the Heart of the Himalaya – is authored by a fellow Kootenaian, Bruce Kirkby of Kimberley.
“One morning at breakfast, while gawking at his phone and feeling increasingly disconnected from family and everything else of importance in his world, it strikes writer Bruce Kirkby: this isn’t how he wants to live.
“Within days, plans begin to take shape. Bruce, his wife Christine, and their two children—seven-year-old Bodi and three-year-old Taj—will cross the Pacific by container ship, then travel onward through South Korea, China, India and Nepal aboard bus, riverboat and train, eventually traversing the Himalaya by foot. Their destination: a thousand-year-old Buddhist monastery in the remote Zanskar valley, one of the last places where Tibetan Buddhism is still practised freely in its original setting.
“Taken into the mud-brick home of a senior lama, Tsering Wangyal, the family spends the summer absorbed by monastery life. In this refuge, where ancient traditions intersect with the modern world, Bruce discovers ways to slow down, to observe and listen, and ultimately, to better understand his son on the autism spectrum—to surrender all expectations and connect with Bodi exactly as he is.
“Recounted with wit and humility, Blue Sky Kingdom is an engaging travel memoir as well as a thoughtful exploration of modern distraction, the loss of ancient wisdom, and the challenges and rewards of intercultural friendships.” ~ Douglas & McIntyre