The arrival of 2012 brought new faces in new places to the Logan Lake business community. Although an established business, Valley Collision, late last year, was purchased by Merritt businessman, Billy Wong, of Merritt Country Auto with an extensive history in automobile sales, service and repairs.

While Billy’s taking care of business in Merritt, he has Tom Edwards here in Logan Lake as Valley Collision’s manager and the “guy on the ground”. Tom, who grew up in Salmon Arm, spent 8 years in Alberta expanding his experience in the auto body field, and, when he returned to BC, a mutual friend connected Billy and Tom who’ve established a strong working relationship.

The business has been painted, polished and upgraded with both Billy and Tom sharing a dedication and commitment to provide superior client service in a customer friendly environment. So, if you’re someone who needs a supportive automotive expert to look after dents and scrapes, a fender needing aligning, a windshield with rock chips, or a vehicle that needs repainting, you’ll find help is simply a phone call away at 250-523-2330. Valley Collision’s hours of operation are Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday’s by appointment. For emergencies or after-hour problems, call 250-804-3796. In the near future, Billy Wong is also hoping to bring automotive sales to the community.

Another new business which has received a warm welcome from people of all ages is the Rec Room located next door to TBS. The owners – Amanda Pindar and Kevin White from Logan Lake, together with Kamloops partners, Ann and Troy Nagy, chose the location because of the extensive window space which offers an energizing brightness during the day while, in the evening, the atmosphere is more subdued but still welcoming.

Incorporating a games arcade, pool tables, a food and beverage bar, comfy couches and cozy tables and chairs, the Rec Room is intended to be a gathering place for families, youths and, individuals who’re just looking for a relaxed place to hang out.

The Rec Room offers a lip smacking choice of coffees, hot chocolate and teas and, if you’re “starving”, you’ll find a yummy selection of sandwiches, subs, wraps, mini pizzas and snack food which will take care of the hunger pains.

Amanda, Kevin, Ann and Troy are still dealing with many business start-up details but, right from the beginning, this team has been very clear about their no drugs, no alcohol policies and, anyone stupid enough to violate these rules, will quickly be shown the door and, depending on the circumstances, may not be allowed to return.

For those of us who are WHL fans but don’t want to have to drive to Kamloops to purchase tickets, Kevin has worked a Blazers “deal” which enables him to sell ticket vouchers at the Rec Room for any Blazer game. So, with the Blazers having clinched a play-off spot, why not buy some tickets to be able to cheer the team onto an entry into this year’s Memorial Cup?

Another new business on the Lakeview Plaza which had its official opening last week is Twice Is Nice located across from the bank. Owner, Peggy Seefried, and her family are newcomers to Logan Lake having moved here from Claresholm, Alberta and have been impressed by the community’s warmth and welcoming spirit. Her business offers gently used clothing and Peggy is very aware of people worrying about seeing their clothes on others in the community. To avoid this happening, she’s developed trading arrangements with other stores not only in BC but Alberta as well. Initially, TIN store hours will be 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturdays but, depending on community response, there may be changes. So, shoppers, whether you’re a woman, parents with young children including babies, a teen dude or a man needing something new to impress his woman, you’ll all find that special something at Twice is Nice. Peggy can be reached at 250-320-4379 or by email at