The Squamish Chamber operates on the unceded lands of the Squamish Nation (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw). We are grateful to work, live and play on their territory.
Read our latest guest blog from Squamish Chamber member, Rochelle Rae, owner and operator of RRM creative.
Situated in a stunning natural playground, Squamish is ideally positioned to offer an active, well-balanced lifestyle. Those of us who live here take full advantage of the recreation adventures at our doorstep. Maintaining healthy minds and bodies is woven into our DNA. We invest in the well-being of our families, and are just as passionate about investing in the health of our community.
Independent businesses are the lifeblood of our town. Not only do they provide jobs, they re-invest their earnings back into our community, buying from local suppliers and donating to local causes. According to LOCO BC, independent businesses recirculate up to 4.6 times more revenue in the local economy than multinationals.
Featured here are several local health and wellness businesses that support Squamish.
Skin Focus offers a unique spa experience with a highly qualified and experienced team in medical aesthetics. They are passionate about helping clients achieve healthier, naturally flawless looking skin by treating the body as a whole. Providing external skin therapies combined with internal support such as supplements, hormonal balancing, ozone steam sauna and IV vitamin therapies. Anti-aging treatment plans address the whole person, inside and out, and are customized for each client using the safest and most advanced therapies to improve skin health and overall wellness.
The team at Skin Focus are not only dedicated to helping clients look and feel good, they are very supportive of the community they serve. The spa gives back by sponsoring local businesses and regularly donates prizes to the Squamish Women’s Hockey Academy. When asked what she loved about the community of Squamish, team member Evelyn Schellenberg replied:
Physiofocus is a Physiotherapy and Chiropractic clinic that specializes in a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries and ailments. A team of four professionals work to restore function and improve patient health and wellness through hands-on rehabilitation.
The clinic is committed to supporting the local community and has forged relationships with a number of gyms, fitness studios, medical clinics and other wellness businesses. This not only enhances overall patient care, but also makes their patients feel supported by the community of Squamish.
Giving back is equally important to Physiofocus, who offer a free blog with workout videos, stretches, wellness tips and more in an effort to help the community lead a healthy lifestyle.
Clinic Director Scott Nicol loves that people here are proactive about leading a well-balanced life and he is inspired by the local business community in Squamish:
Optomeyes Eye Care is a family owned and operated business with 17 employees that has been serving the Squamish community for almost 60 years. They are dedicated to staying at the forefront of technology and research to ensure patients receive the best possible care for their eyes. In addition to health care, optical services include eyeglass and sunglass frame collections, a variety of high-quality lenses and contact lenses, as well as an on-site lab.
Dr. Clark Bowden knows the clinic wouldn’t exist without the support of the community, which is why they use local goods and services whenever possible. They also highlight the work of other businesses on their social media platforms, display the work of local artists in the clinic, and purchase local gifts for staff and colleagues.
In the spirit of giving back, Optomeyes has awarded the Drs. Bowden and Davidson Scholarship for Excellence in Science to a Howe Sound Secondary School graduate annually since 1996. They also contribute regularly to the Squamish Helping Hands Society and Under One Roof partnership, and sponsor many local events, sports teams, school fundraisers and more.
Husband-and-wife team, Dr. Brandon Baker and Dr. Ashala Mah, opened Garibaldi Eye Care in downtown Squamish in the summer of 2021. They loved the idea of working and raising a family in such a beautiful community, and are passionate about helping their patients keep their eyes healthy and their vision at its best. The clinic utilizes the most up-to-date optical technology, offers the hottest fashions in glasses, and has an advanced dry eye centre.
Since moving to Squamish, the optometrist duo have become active members of the community, hiring staff and supporting local businesses wherever possible, from local restaurants and coffee shops to veterinary services. They plan to give back by sponsoring bike trails with SORCA and implementing school vision screening services in the future. Even though it has been less than a year since relocating to Squamish, the couple give the community a glowing review:
We hope you enjoyed getting to know four recreational Squamish businesses that help shape our community. Here’s how you can continue to show them love and support:
1) Use their services
2) Buy a gift card to introduce their services to others
3) Share you love for the business on social media
4) Leave a Google Review if you’ve had a positive experience
About RRM Creative
Proud to be based in Squamish, RRM Creative is a talented group of hardworking professionals who are well experienced (20+ years) in creative communications, strategic branding, art direction and project management. Whether you have a one-time need or seek all-encompassing marketing solutions, they’ve got you covered.
About Love Local. Love Squamish
This project is brought to you by the Squamish Chamber of Commerce, made possible thanks to funding from the BC Chamber of Commerce and the Government of Canada.