Johnson: Chase away the winter blues with a trip downtown

Are you as tired of the snow and cold as I am this year? If so, close your eyes, click your heels together three times and repeat: “Spring is coming, Spring is coming.”

Are you as tired of the snow and cold as I am this year? If so, close your eyes, click your heels together three times and repeat: “Spring is coming, Spring is coming.”

Whether it works or not, at least it will make you feel better. And so will some of these fun businesses and events taking place in downtown Kelowna during March.

Pebblecreek Custom Design Furniture is a wonderful spot to visit at 1650 Pandosy St. (near Leon). Owners Jennifer and Matt Seib tell me  their furniture is entirely made in B.C. The Seibs hey have six other shops in B.C. and have now opened one in Kelowna. Because they are the manufacturers—all their furniture is made in the lower Mainland—they are able to customize their furniture to fit a client’s needs.

All of their furniture is solid wood: Pine, poplar, maple and birch. They carry an amazing array of furniture, from dining room sets, buffets, bookcases, sofa and coffee tables to desks and dressers —even islands and vanities. They also carry beds and sofas, bedding and beautiful artwork.

It’s all artfully displayed to give you lots of home decorating ideas as well.

And if they don’t have what you’re looking for in the showroom, you’re welcome to browse their catalogue of additional styles.

The best news is that they’re have a floor model clearance that started March 1—better get down there and check it out!

Georgie’s Bridal made the big move to downtown last December. Store owner Georgie Martens tells me that she couldn’t be happier.

She loves the downtown community and mix of shops. Her new location at 1579 Pandosy St. is just off Bernard.

She carries a gorgeous array of wedding gowns in sizes from petite to fuller figures. Many of her lines are exclusive to her store, such as her top selling line, Allure.

Georgie’s is currently clearing out this year’s prom dresses at 40 per cent off, so if you need one, Georgie’s is a good place to start looking.

As usual, downtown’s entertainment scene is jam-packed with events in March. Here are a couple of quick highlights, but for more information, check out the Rotary Centre of the Arts and Kelowna Community Theatre  websites:

Saturday March 12, 7:30 p.m., RCA, Carlos del Junco. This harmonica  genius and Juno nominee was born in Havana, Cuba; his sophisticated sound blends elements of blues, jazz and latin music. His show is preceded by a 6:30 p.m. performance by local group Ritmo Caliente—what a great double bill!

Tuesday March 22, 1:30 p.m., KCT, Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents Wonderland, a version of the Alice in Wonderland story. This promises to be a very colourful and creative performance.

If you’re going to have kids at home during March break, you’ll want to check out the Spring Break Arts Blast at the RCA, March 22 and 23; it encompasses two full days of Spring Break fun for ages 5 to 11. With different classes in many creative arts activities, kids get to saturate themselves in art, music, drama and dance. For more info on Arts Blast, check out the RCA website.

Well, my fellow winter survivors, here’s hoping for a mild and gentle March, with lots of sunshine and opportunities to get outside and enjoy the beauty of downtown Kelowna!

Jan Johnson has co-owned Tigerlily Fashions downtown for 24 years now. If you have any news about downtown business openings and/or events, please email them to her at tigerlilyfashion@shaw.ca or call her at 250-762-8384.

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