Johnson: It’s renovation time for many downtown shop owners

As spring arrives in the Okanagan, everyone’s fancy turns to renovations.

Downtown Kelowna is no different as lots of business owners have been busily doing renos on their shops over the past months.

So look for some interesting surprises when you visit your favourite spots this month.

Fashion Foundations, a long-time downtown mainstay, has made a big move to a new spot on the ground floor of The Madison building (across from the library, on Ellis near Doyle).

The mother and daughter team of Margaret and Susan Wort have made themselves a lovely new home with a luxurious upscale look.

As soon as you enter their new store, prepare to be dazzled by the antique wood floors, oak cabinets and rich wallpapers in baroque and striped patterns.

Chandeliers throughout the shop and rich damask curtains on the change rooms give you the feel of an elegant

Edwardian ladies’ shop.

Margaret and Susan are just delighted with their new digs. Be sure to pay them a visit and experience their new elegance.

Olive & Elle, at 1585 Pandosy St., has also just completed a beautiful store renovation with new floors installed, a wall removed to expose a skylight for more natural light, and the addition of  some new cabinets.

The look is very fresh and open. The store is also excited with a new product line, the Dwell Studio line from New York, which includes beautiful bedding as well as gorgeous pillows and rugs.

Dwell even has a baby line with cute hooded towels and puzzles for the little ones.

Olive & Elle is also now carrying a line of reclaimed and repurposed furniture which is locally made. Local and recycled—what could be better? The shop is chock full of great new items for patio entertaining, just in time for the warm weather.

The store celebrates its third anniversary on Saturday, May 7. The planned festivities include an all-day party, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., featuring cupcakes, goodie bags for all, and lots of store specials. Don’t want to miss this one!

Chris Murphy, owner of Blackfish Apparel, 1603 Pandosy, has also been busy making changes in her store. Her renos feature fresh paint, new furniture, an extra change room, columns moved and windows exposed for a contemporary, light look.

Murphy says that Blackfish is more than ready for spring, with styles from Boools (England) as well as Sandwich and other European lines.

They also focus on Canadian lines like Cartise, Fig and Lole. New this year is the Sandal line with lots of bling.

Up Bernard Street at Tigerlily, we’ve been busy renovating too.

On Easter weekend, we repainted, installed all new wall racks and new lights for a much more urban and upscale look.

We’re very excited to be ready for the new season with a cool new look.

So, if you want to experience the joy and fun of newly renovated places—without the headache of actually doing the work—come on downtown in May and check out these beautiful, updated shops.

Jan Johnson is the co-owner of Tigerlily Fashions in Kelowna. If you have any information to share, email


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