This story is part of a feature that first appeared in the January 2023 print edition of Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine. Read the entire e-edition here:
Welcome to the business section of Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine. Revelstoke is changing fast, and we keep up with the business buzz around town.
Eleven Experience acquires Explorer’s Society Hotel and Quartermaster Eatery
Eleven Experience, the experiential travel company that started 11 years ago on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, just purchased its eleventh location at 111 First Street West in Revelstoke, formerly known as the Explorer’s Society Hotel.
Soon to be renamed Eleven Revelstoke Lodge, the family that owns the business bought the building because they love the hotel’s intimate atmosphere.
“The family that owns Eleven truly loves the outdoors and all that Revelstoke has to offer. And so skiing is a big passion of theirs,” says North American Operations Manager Molly Minett. “They also like to stay in intimate places, so they started this company in Crested Butte, Colorado, and it just grew from there.”
Molly says that among their 11 locations around the world, Revelstoke is the most urban place they operate.
Just before COVID engulfed the world, Eleven Experience bought Kingfisher Heliskiing, a heli-skiing company that officially operated near Nakusp. Together, the companies will operate out of the hotel and provide comprehensive experiences to customers in the winter. Molly says that during the summer it will probably operate as a regular hotel.
Nina Frohlicher, Eleven’s general manager for Canada, lives in Revelstoke and says the community can expect to see the same friendly faces on the hotel staff. All the new hires, she says, will be people who live in Revelstoke.
The hotel’s established restaurant, the Quartermaster Eatery, will retain its name and normal operations. The restaurant will be open to the public from Thursday to Monday, and closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
“Getting to know a part of Eleven through our restaurant staff is definitely something we’re really excited to be able to offer to the local community,” says Nina.
Nina and Molly invite the community to come and greet the team at Eleven Experience. “We just want to be very open for people to come and see who we are, not just hear or read about us, but come and connect with us,” says Nina.
Molly echoes her sentiments saying, “We don’t just want to be partners in the community. We want to be a part of that.”
Rize Board Shop is moving to Mountain Made Studio
Trevor Smith, owner of Rize Board Shop, opened its doors in June 2022. Entering its first winter sales season, he says he opened the shop to provide a level and standard of service, knowledge and support not seen anywhere else in the center of the snowboard industry.
Originally from Kamloops, Trevor moved to Revelstoke after 16 years in Whistler working in the ski and snowboard industry.
“I was able to gain high-level experience in the world of boot fitting as a snowboarder, which is rare, and over many years I was able to perfect and create a standard of snowboard fitting that cannot be found in any other basic snowboard shop,” he said. . he says.
The shop shares space with Mountain Made studio owner Kelly Hutcheson, a stained glass artist. After some light construction this summer, their space is equipped with a fully functional mini-ramp, which adds to the unique atmosphere of the record store.
Friendly faces you can expect working at Rize include Trevor and his staff member Scott Campbell.
“Our Rize philosophy is simply that we are as invested in your enjoyment, comfort and quality of your day on the mountain as you are, so you can always expect the absolute best knowledge, service and support to enjoy your day on the mountain. hill to the limit,” says Trevor.
Soft opening of Seoul Street
A new pub with an Asian motif opened at the end of December in the former location of the Grizzly Sports bar. The new Seoul Street restaurant is owned by three sisters, Emily, Iris and Eunice. After the renovation of the beer hall, the space looks unrecognizable from its former appearance.
“We are three sisters helping to create a vision that our dad has had for a long time,” says Eunice. “He always wanted to open a Korean pub where he could sell Korean food for people to try and enjoy. We worked hard to make one of his dreams come true, which led us to where we are now.”
The sisters say the restaurant is inspired by Seoul, the capital of South Korea, and is a Korean-style pub. Their vision is to create a fun atmosphere where people can enjoy socializing.
The restaurant will feature Korean-inspired dishes alongside authentic Korean food. Seoul Street has cocktails made with Korean drinks and named after popular Korean places.
“We hope Seoul Street will become a place where locals and passers-by can come together and make memories that will last.”
Their soft opening took place on December 22, 2022.