Bev and Bill Fraser started B&B Alternative Heating as a small operation back in 1998, eventually expanding in 2004 to the business it is today. The Frasers say they originally started it to help out the seniors of the North Thompson Valley.
They have been selling pellets, pellet stoves, and parts for pellet stoves.
The couple recently decided it was time to retire.
“We’ve bought some property on Gabriola Island,” Bev explained, “And we plan to eventually move there; maybe in a few years.
“We’d like to thank all the customers we’ve had over the years.”
However, although the Frasers are retiring, B&B Alternative Heating is not closing its’ doors.
Jolene Wright and Dean Barker, owners of Lofty Ambitions Farm and Garden Market, have taken on the Fraser’s business.
Dean says he has lived in the North Thompson Valley for 10 years, and Jolene the last five years. Lofty Ambitions Farm is a small 52 acre farm and market garden, growing mostly hay and strawberries.
“I’m an avid gardener,” stated Jolene, “And I love the long growing season that we get here in the valley.”
Their plans for the company?
“We will be changing the name ever so slightly, instead of B&B Alternative Heating, it will be LA Alternative Heating,” explained Jolene, “We will still sell pellets and pellet stoves and parts, and we will also be selling pellets by the bag, and pet comfort pellets.”
Customers can reach LA Alternative Heating by calling 250-578-7666.