Kelowna Councillor Mohini Singh (left), general manager Jamie Wattie (middle right) and Staples Canada CEO David Boone (right) cut the ceremonial ribbon along side city partners from the Salvation Army. (Mackenzie Britton - Capital News)

Kelowna Staples unveils new look with first west coast Staples Studio

This isn’t your typical Staples store

It’s only been a few weeks since school has restarted, and though the new Kelowna Staples missed that deadline, the new look and new features the store offers will be put to good use this school season across the Okanagan.

The Staples along Highway 97 showed off its new features Saturday morning, with more than 160 people lined up outside to see the unveiling. Deals, technology, gadgets and more were front-and-centre for the weekend shoppers.

Staples Canada CEO David Boone introduced the new Staples Studio, a working space where businesses and groups can work, learn and teach.

“It’s going to be a great addition to people working and learning in Kelowna,” Boone said.

READ MORE: Kelowna realtor pledges $10,000 and unicorn tattoo for Special Olympics charity

READ MORE: Milkcrate Records to close at the end of the month

The studio will be the first Staples Studio in Western Canada, and one of only three in the country. Along side the new studio space, Boone said that Staples is looking to bring creativity and fashion into the business. The fashion is detailed in the new spaces, which can be rented out, as well as within the store and products.

Fashion designer Alex Harrison Haines, a young Kelowna entrepreneur, is one of the first speakers in the launch of the Spotlight Speaker Series which was featured in the new studio.

Along side Boone at the ceremonial ribbon cutting Saturday morning was the Salvation Army, who have been continuing their backpack program in partnership with Staples, and Kelowna city councillor Mohini Singh.

Coun. Singh thanked Staples for choosing Kelowna to be the first store in Western Canada to feature the new Staples Studio.

“I hope (people) will support the store. I’m very happy to have this in Kelowna,” Singh said.

READ MORE: ‘A real shame’: Kelowna MLA says factors behind Tolko mill closing should have been caught

Marmalade Cat Cafe, a local coffee and goods shop, also partnered with Staples to offer a new cafe location within the store. Shoppers will be able to enjoy the local business while shopping for school supplies or work supplies.

“Their carrot cake is unbelievable,” said Boone about Marmalade Cat Cafe.

“We’re super excited to have them in here. Part of who we are is partnering with local entrepreneurs and I’m happy to work with them,” said Boone.

To report a typo, email:
newstips@kelownacapnews.com
.


@KelownaCapNews
newstips@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

District offers safety tips after cougar spotted near Lake Country school

The animal was seen on a walking trail near Peter Greer Elementary Saturday morning

Emergency crews rush youth to hospital after quadding accident in West Kelowna

West Kelowna Fire Rescue’s new off-road vehicle was used in the rescue

Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for Okanagan, Shuswap

Environment Canada is forecasting strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy downpours in parts of the Interior

WorkSafe BC conducted 70 inspections in the Okanagan amid B.C.’s reopening plan

WorkSafe BC has conducted 100 inspections at restaurants across the province since May 19

West Kelowna reopens beach volleyball, new pickleball courts

The City of West Kelowna is asking residents to maintain safe distancing

11 new COVID-19 cases in B.C. as top doc urges caution amid ‘encouraging’ low rates

Dr. Bonnie Henry also announced that two care home outbreaks would be declared over

Surrey mayor’s party under fire for ‘sickening’ tweet accusing northern B.C. RCMP of murder

Mayor Doug McCallum says tweet, Facebook post ‘sent out by unauthorized person’

Partial return to class for Central Okanagan students: COVID-19

School District 23 and the Board of Education have released a letter regarding returning to class

Father’s Day Walk Run for prostate cancer will be virtual event this year throughout B.C.

The annual fundraiser for Prostate Cancer Foundation BC has brought in $2.5 million since 1999

Similkameen winery co-owned by Dr. Bonnie Henry

B.C.’s provincial health officer is part of the original ownership group of Clos du Soleil in Keremeos

Shuswap man reported missing by RCMP has been found unharmed

Salmon Arm resident apologizes for having caused anyone concern

Dr. Bonnie Henry announces official ban on overnight kids’ camps this summer

New ban comes after talking with other provincial health officials across the country, Henry says

Senior man in hospital after unprovoked wolf attack near Prince Rupert

Conservation officers are on site looking for the wolf

VIDEO: NASA astronauts blast off into space on SpaceX rocket

Marks NASA’s first human spaceflight launched from U.S. soil in nearly a decade

Most Read