The future of sandwich boards in Nelson's downtown was one of three topics at last weeks Nelson Business Association meeting.

Business owners sound off over signs and dogs

The future of the dog bylaw and how to deal with sandwich boards on Baker Street were addressed at the Nelson Business Association meeting.

  • Jan. 26, 2012 9:00 a.m.

The future of the dog bylaw and how to deal with sandwich boards on Baker Street were hot topics addressed at last week’s Nelson Business Association meeting.

The meeting allowed for business owners to hear the bylaws as they stand now and then offered an opportunity for them to share there concerns and possible solutions.

There was frustration from many business owners around the enforcement of the sandwich board bylaw.

Owner of Grasshopper Juice, Brent Raby, said his sign, which was up during the summer, was removed and then he’d have to spend time looking for where they’d been moved to.

“I’m not sure if there is a sandwich board vigilante at work,” said Raby.

Some business owners like Joyce Jackson emphasized that the sandwich boards are an important part of marketing for the businesses.

“Personally I like the sandwich boards,” she said. “They add a lot of a character.”

There was confusion around insurance and enforcement of the bylaw.

A possible solution suggested was that sign posts be erected on street corners offering directions to businesses off Baker Street.

Businesses on Baker Street would be allowed to keep one sandwich board directly in front of their business.


Business owners at last week’s meeting were unanimous in their opinion that the dog bylaw should be revised.

Many have said they feel as though the dog bylaw is deterring tourists who travel with their dogs.

Manager of the Hume Hotel Ryan Martin said the dog friendly rooms in both the Hume and the Best Western are in high demand, but visitors are faced with a dilemma because they can’t leave the dogs in the rooms during the day.

“It’s archaic and it’s got to change,” said Martin. “It’s terrible.”

Joyce Jackson, Former owner of Lonnie’s Lingerie,  agreed.

“Everyone on earth knows how I feel,” said Jackson. “My passion aside, a recent survey says the fastest growing trend in tourism is travelling with your pets.”

With the support of most of those in the room, Jackson said, “I’m aware that we do have some city councillors at the meeting. If you can commit to allowing us a trial period, than we can commit to being part of the solution.”

Business owners said they would help to educate tourists about the bylaw potentially having dog bags and treats they could hand out to owners.

The opinions and solutions shared about sandwich boards and the dog bylaw will be presented to Nelson City Council.


Just Posted

South Slocan woman killed in Friday crash

Police continue to investigate cause of fatal crash

Ammonia leak shuts down Nelson Curling Club

It’s not yet clear when the leak was detected

Four points for Fawcett as Leafs win 7th straight

Nelson edged the Fernie Ghostriders 4-3

What’s Up: Things to see and do on Family Day

There’s plenty of fun to be had across the West Kootenay this coming long weekend!

Seven Nelson rec projects granted Columbia Basin Trust funding

Nelson’s baseball and tennis clubs were the big winners

Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, resigns amid SNC-Lavalin furor

Butts categorically denies the accusation that he or anyone else in the PMO improperly pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould

Lost a ring? This B.C. man will find it for you

Chris Turner founded The Ring Finders, an international directory of metal detector hobbyists

Poverty coalition has high hopes for B.C. poverty reduction strategy

Funding allocation expected to be released with 2019 budget

East Kootenay mine deaths prompt safety initiatives

Teck produces educational video, introduces new procedures after contractor drowns at Fording River

‘How did we get here?’: B.C. mom of transplant recipient worries about measles outbreaks

Addison, 7, cannot get a live vaccine because she has a heart transplant

Bashful Balladeers bring voices to Vernon

Despite hiding behind masks, talent shines with this group

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh calls for public inquiry over SNC-Lavalin questions

Vancouver member of Parliament Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet last week

Canadian airlines waiting for guidance from Ottawa over X gender option

Major U.S. airlines said they will change their process so passengers can identify themselves along non-binary lines

Moose Hide campaign takes message to Canadian schools

Campaign launches new K-12 education platform

Most Read