Local Business

DunnEnzies Pizza downtown Kelowna (Black Press File Photo)
DunnEnzies Pizza downtown Kelowna

Kelowna restaurants make top 100 list in Canada

Restaurant reservations for the month of May up 61 per cent compared to May 2019

Penticton’s Wildstone Construction Group is among four Okanagan companies named among Canada’s Best Managed by Deloitte. (wildstone.com photo)

Four Okanagan companies named among Canada’s Best Managed

Two from Vernon, one each from Penticton and West Kelowna named to Deloitte’s Best Managed companies list

Accelerate Okanagan has partnered with Prospera Credit Union to offer Level Up Local grants, a new grant program to help small to medium-sized Okanagan businesses embrace technology amid the pandemic. (Submitted photo)

Grants up for grabs to help small Okanagan businesses go digital

Small to medium-sized businesses and entrepreneurs can now apply for a Level Up Local grant

Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery raised more than $25,000 for the Ukraine Emergency Fund through vodka sales, the distillery announced Tuesday, April 12, 2022. (Submitted photo)

Okanagan distillery raises $25K for Ukraine through vodka sales

Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery donated 100 per cent of March vodka proceeds to the Ukraine Emergency Fund

Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery raised more than $25,000 for the Ukraine Emergency Fund through vodka sales, the distillery announced Tuesday, April 12, 2022. (Submitted photo)
Wine Industry job fair at Naramata Centre April 10 from 9 to 4 p.m. (File photo)

South Okanagan wine industry hosts job fair in Naramata today

Wineries, restaurants and tour companies are hiring

Wine Industry job fair at Naramata Centre April 10 from 9 to 4 p.m. (File photo)
Popular SilverStar Mountain Resort establishment Long John’s Pub will soon be under new managers as the two Johns - Earl and Kane - are retiring after the final weekend of the season. The pair have been involved with the facility for 21 years. (longjohnspub.com)

Vernon pub managers long for retirement

John Kane and John Earl of Long John’s Pub on SilverStar Mountain are retiring after the final weekend

Popular SilverStar Mountain Resort establishment Long John’s Pub will soon be under new managers as the two Johns - Earl and Kane - are retiring after the final weekend of the season. The pair have been involved with the facility for 21 years. (longjohnspub.com)
The Grand House of Photography is the newest space to grace downtown Vernon. (Dawn Mace photo)

Grand House of Photography captures creativity in Vernon

Studio puts fine art photography in focus, offers studio and editing space

The Grand House of Photography is the newest space to grace downtown Vernon. (Dawn Mace photo)
The former Temptasian Restaurant in Vernon’s north end will soon be home to the Cactus Club Cafe. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Cactus Club opening later this year in Vernon

Former Temptasion Restaurant will become one of the popular chain restaurants

The former Temptasian Restaurant in Vernon’s north end will soon be home to the Cactus Club Cafe. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Okanagan Spirits is donating 100 per cent of the proceeds from sales of its three brands of vodka in March to humanitarian and relief efforts in Ukraine. (Okanagan Spirits photo)

Okanagan Spirits donating March vodka sale proceeds to Ukraine effort

Sales from its three brands, all sizes, will be donated to the relief effort for the embattled European nation

Okanagan Spirits is donating 100 per cent of the proceeds from sales of its three brands of vodka in March to humanitarian and relief efforts in Ukraine. (Okanagan Spirits photo)
RE/MAX Vernon Salt Fowler ranked No. 1 overall in the Western Canada Region for total transaction sides in 2021 for medium sized real estate teams. (Photo submitted)

Vernon real estate team tops Western Canada after banner year

Salt Fowler team ranked number one among medium-sized real estate teams

RE/MAX Vernon Salt Fowler ranked No. 1 overall in the Western Canada Region for total transaction sides in 2021 for medium sized real estate teams. (Photo submitted)
Business of the Year recipients Jennifer and Peter Madsen with Oyama Zipline accept their award at the Lake Country 2021 Business Excellence Awards at Creekside Theatre March 3. 
(Isabella Austin/George Elliot Secondary student photo)

Awards honour best of Lake Country

Businesses and community service recognized by Chamber of Commerce

Business of the Year recipients Jennifer and Peter Madsen with Oyama Zipline accept their award at the Lake Country 2021 Business Excellence Awards at Creekside Theatre March 3. 
(Isabella Austin/George Elliot Secondary student photo)
After a two-year hiatus, the Community Expo organized by the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is set to return on Saturday, April 30, at Kal Tire Place North. (Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce photo)

Greater Vernon Community Expo returns

Local business event set to return Saturday, April 30, after two-year COVID hiatus

After a two-year hiatus, the Community Expo organized by the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is set to return on Saturday, April 30, at Kal Tire Place North. (Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce photo)
Lavington and Coldstream firefighters respond to a fire at the Pinnacle pellet plant on School Road in March 2016. (File photo)

Parent company of Lavington plant has a monopoly on B.C. pellet industry, organizations say

A letter has been sent to the Competition Bureau of Canada calling for an investigation into Drax Group

Lavington and Coldstream firefighters respond to a fire at the Pinnacle pellet plant on School Road in March 2016. (File photo)
SilverStar Mountain Resort shared the love on Valentine’s Day. (Star photo)

B.C. budget lacks love for residents, businesses: Vernon chamber

Little support for those still reeling from COVID-19 impacts

SilverStar Mountain Resort shared the love on Valentine’s Day. (Star photo)
Applications are now being taken until March 1 for capital project funds from the Co-op Community Spaces Program. (Communityspaces.ca)

Capital project funds available for North Okanagan-Shuswap projects

Co-op Community Spaces Program dedicating $1 million to help bring Western Canada communities together

Applications are now being taken until March 1 for capital project funds from the Co-op Community Spaces Program. (Communityspaces.ca)
Bonsai Bagels will open in the former home of Kal’s Naan Stop and Tita’s Italian Bistro in Vernon Monday, Feb. 22, at 8 a.m. (Facebook photo)

Montreal-style bagels available in Vernon

Bonsai Bagels opens Family Day Monday with Vernon baker who lived out east at helm along with his wife

Bonsai Bagels will open in the former home of Kal’s Naan Stop and Tita’s Italian Bistro in Vernon Monday, Feb. 22, at 8 a.m. (Facebook photo)
Spallumcheen pet food brand Wood Mountain Naturals is nominated for two 2022 Small Business BC Awards. (Wood Mountain Naturals/Facebook)

Spallumcheen pet food brand nominated for 2 small business awards

A woman’s quest to save her ailing dog led to the creation of Wood Mountain Naturals in 2018

Spallumcheen pet food brand Wood Mountain Naturals is nominated for two 2022 Small Business BC Awards. (Wood Mountain Naturals/Facebook)
Longtime friends Cassie Walters and Raelyn Lachapelle opened the doors to their new downtown Salmon Arm space for their business, The Nom Shuswap, on February 1, 2022. There, customers can pick up pre-ordered meals and grab-and-go meals, as well as smoothies and cold-pressed juices. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Longtime friends Cassie Walters and Raelyn Lachapelle opened the doors to their new downtown Salmon Arm space for their business, The Nom Shuswap, on February 1, 2022. There, customers can pick up pre-ordered meals and grab-and-go meals, as well as smoothies and cold-pressed juices. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
A new restaurant will open at The Rise Golf Course in Vernon in 2023. (The Rise photo)

New multi-million dollar Vernon restaurant on the Rise

New restaurant and clubhouse at The Rise Golf Course expected to open in spring 2023

A new restaurant will open at The Rise Golf Course in Vernon in 2023. (The Rise photo)
High Status Cannabis, one of two 100 per cent owned and operated cannabis dispensaries on Splatsin land near Enderby, is shutting its doors due to what its owner calls an oversaturation of dispensaries on band land, and lack of leadership from Splatsin council. (Facebook photo)

Splatsin cannabis dispensary closing doors near Enderby

Owner of High Status unhappy with over-saturation of market on band land, lack of leadership from band council

High Status Cannabis, one of two 100 per cent owned and operated cannabis dispensaries on Splatsin land near Enderby, is shutting its doors due to what its owner calls an oversaturation of dispensaries on band land, and lack of leadership from Splatsin council. (Facebook photo)