Cranbrook, Kootenay

Beautiful Moments

Cranbrook, Kootenay


Live, Celebrate, Gift the beautiful moments of Life! We are an independent, Kootenay, family-owned Gift Shop and Christian Bookshop. We provide the opportunity to "Live" with books, gifts, and home decor to motivate you to live your best life. We provide the opportunity to "Celebrate" with gifts, gift bags, and greeting cards to celebrate the special occasions in life. We provide the opportunity to "Gift" with a variety of gifts, books, and home decor to gift to anyone in your life. We are about home, family, and friendship as well as faith, hope, and love. We share our love by giving back to our community when the opportunities arise.


1 Employees

In Business Since 2008

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Beautiful Moments has been nominated in the following categories:

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Best Community Impact


What motivated you to start your business and what core cause do you support?

Three years ago, my husband and I were motivated to purchase The Nails Christian Bookstore, an established business since 2008. Much like our logo, we wanted to provide the gift of new life of the business to our community. Christian bookstores are closing throughout our country; however, we believe they are essential for the communities as they provide a good mental health through the connection of spirituality, family, and community. More than a bookshop, we are a gift shop about home, family, and friendship as well as faith, hope, and love with the motto: Live, Celebrate, Gift the beautiful moments of Life! We want to be there for our community in whatever form they need us to create or experience these beautiful moments. Whether it is to ship a gift to a loved one to celebrate a milestone, locally deliver a book to keep someone busy, give a sense of community with communication, or provide gifts to the less fortunate. This past year, we were significantly needed as the pandemic kept us all apart. We stayed open for our community with no changes to our hours, but improvements to our services; so we could be there for each and everyone in our Kootenay community.

Why do you deserve to win the Best Community Impact award?

Our core value is service, which “refers to one’s commitment to selfless service. Those who exhibit this value perform in the interest of the greater good without expectation of reward and praise”. Therefore, it is hard to answer this question as being the best as we do not look at ourselves in that light. Instead, we are more concerned with being there for our community in the Kootenays. The pandemic made a lot changes to businesses around us. However, we felt this is the time when our community needed us more than ever and it showed. Instead of closing or cutting hours, we added hours to provide local free delivery and free shipping. Instead of cancelling our normal events, we adapted and brought them to online which were more successful than ever before. Instead of being home with the kids, we were there for the community to provide connection with loved ones, family, spirituality, or community. Instead of being absorbed into the stresses of the business during a pandemic, we were there for the less fortunate. We encouraged donations to local food banks as well as positive attitudes with our “Act of Kindness’ giveaways. We continued with our annual donation to a local school library which increased in value. We tripled our donations to the Operation Christmas Child. We organized a new event Christmas Blessing in the Kootenays that brought the community together. Local schools, churches, organizations, small businesses, and families helped us to provide 100 local children with a brighter 2020 Christmas morning. We may not be the best, but we hope by telling our story we will inspire other small businesses or people, to find more ways to be there for their communities. As we, a small mom-and-pop shop nestled in the Kootenays, were able to do all of this in the past pandemic year.

Best Solopreneur


What motivated you to start your business? What challenges did you overcome as a Solopreneur?

Three years ago, my husband and I were motivated to purchase The Nails Christian Bookstore, an established business since 2008. Much like our logo, we wanted to provide the gift of new life of the business to our community. Christian bookstores are closing throughout our country; however, we believe they are essential for the communities as they provide a good mental health through the connection of spirituality, family, and community. More than a bookshop, we are a gift shop about home, family, and friendship as well as faith, hope, and love with the motto: Live, Celebrate, Gift the beautiful moments of Life! We want to be there for our community in whatever form they need us to create or experience these beautiful moments. Whether it is to ship a gift to a loved one to celebrate a milestone, locally deliver a book to keep someone busy, give a sense of community with communication, or provide gifts to the less fortunate. This past year, we were significantly needed as the pandemic kept us all apart. We stayed open for our community with no changes to our hours, but improvement to our services; so we could be there for each and everyone in our Kootenay community. We like to use the word “we", as it feels bigger than one person and less self-centered. Our family-owned business is actually run by a mom-of-three. Trying to balance, being a wife, mom, employee, and business owner is probably the toughest part of owning a business. Sometimes, I have to check myself from answering the message I received from a customer on a Sunday morning. Like I mentioned before, we want to be there for our community in whatever form they need us to create or experience these beautiful moments. Joy, purpose, and satisfaction is felt in service. Plus, I know most of my customers personally and they are like family, so balancing that family with my family of kids/husband/parents can be difficult. Parameters have been put in place to prevent me from taking the non-business hours away from my family, but some days it is tough as I just love to help my community. Another challenge would be growth as I get excited about an idea and get fully obsessed. The challenge is keeping the work at the shop versus at home. Although, it sounds like my shop takes away family time, it really has created meaningful family experiences. My children learn great values such as service, responsibility, and community and can see it should be a part of your everyday life.

Why do you deserve to win the Best Solopreneur award?

This past year was tough on all of us. All businesses that survived this past year deserve an award. The experience for us this past year was that life is bigger than just "me". People need each other. They need connection. We did what we could to keep things as normal as possible for our customers to keep connection. Plus, we found ways to improve our service for our customers to cater to their needs as everyone was journeying this differently. All while video chatting our kids, them at home and us at the shop, to get through the ever changing online school work. Then instead of just trying to just make it through the year, we stepped up for our community. We continued with our typical donations, but also created and lead the Christmas Blessing in the Kootenays. We rallied local schools, organizations, small businesses, people, and churches to come together to provide 100 children in our community with a brighter Christmas morning. After two months of work, each child received a gift bag filled with about $225 in gifts, but only cost $75 to fill. It was unbelievable to see a small idea of giving back bring a community together in just a matter of weeks. With all the extra costs of adapting, time spent giving back, and balancing kids' needs, we were also able to have a successful year. Please keep in mind that when you read "we", it really means one person. One person that is also a mom of three children, wife of a veteran, community volunteer, and successful business owner.

Premier's People's Choice


Live, Celebrate, Gift the beautiful moments of Life! We want to be there for our community in whatever form they need us to create or experience these beautiful moments. Whether it is to ship a gift to a loved one to celebrate a milestone, locally deliver a book to keep someone busy, give a sense of community with communication, or provide gifts to the less fortunate. This past year, we were significantly needed as the pandemic kept us all apart. We stayed open for our community with no changes to our hours, but improvement to our services; so we could be there for each and everyone in our Kootenay community. The pandemic made a lot changes to businesses around us. However, we felt this is the time when our community needed us more than ever and it showed. Instead of closing or cutting hours, we added hours to provide local free delivery and free shipping. Instead of cancelling our normal events, we adapted and brought them to online which were more successful than ever before. Instead of being home with the kids, we were there for the community to provide connection with loved ones, family, spirituality, or community. Instead of being absorbed into the stresses of the business during a pandemic, we were there for the less fortunate. We encouraged donations to local food banks as well as positive attitudes with our “Act of Kindness’ giveaways. We continued with our annual donation to a local school library which increased in value. We tripled our donations to the Operation Christmas Child. We organized a new event Christmas Blessing in the Kootenays that brought the community together. Local schools, churches, organizations, local small businesses, and families helped us to provide 100 local children with a brighter Christmas morning. We may not be the best, but we hope by telling our story we will inspire other small businesses or people to find more ways to be there for their communities. As we were able to do all of this in the past pandemic year, a family-owned, Kootenay small business that is managed by one person. One person that is also a mom of three children, wife of a veteran, community volunteer, and successful business owner.

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