Johnson: Small Shop Saturday returns to Kelowna

Saturday, April 6, the first Small Shop Saturday of the year returns to downtown Kelowna.

For those of you who have been waiting with bated breath for another Small Shop Saturday, your wait is over.

On Saturday, April 6, the first Small Shop Saturday of the year returns, promising to be another fun fest put on by your downtown merchants to celebrate all the awesomeness and uniqueness of Kelowna’s downtown.

It’s your chance to get out, enjoy all the free goodies and special deals and events, and show some ‘big love’ to locally-owned small shops.

The city has sweetened the deal by offering free on-street parking and spots in the downtown library and Chapman parkades.

Here’s a sampler of some of the fun you can expect on Saturday:

Revolution Spa (266 Bernard Ave.)—for a monetary donation to the food bank, get a free bang trim

Bliss Bakery (109-1289 Ellis St. )—free samples of new gluten-free products plus at 1 p.m., a free 15-minute “Intro to the Basics of Coffee” seminar

Annegret’s Chocolates (Towne Centre Mall)—free chocolate samples

Opus Art Supply (1357 Ellis St.)—huge garage sale

Streaming Cafe (596 Leon Ave.)—$2 Cappuccinos plus a free concert at 6 p.m. with Karla Adolphe

Lakehouse Home Store (510 Bernard Ave.)—cooking demos all day with Chef Sarah

Cruzwear (539 Bernard Ave.)—40 per cent  off selected items; free hot chocolate and cookies, plus two free info sessions (11:30 a.m.,“Protect your Skin from Harmful UV Rays,” and 2 p.m., “Getting Extra Life From your Swimwear”)

Chai Baba (104-1289 Ellis St.)—2 for 1 Tea Lattes (treat a friend!)

Tigerlily/Alleycat Fashion Outlet (575 Bernard Ave.)—“Pick-a-Lily” Sale with savings up to 50 per cent, plus Sidewalk Sale and Springtime Afternoon Tea from 1 to 4 p.m.

Georgie Girl (1331 Ellis St.)—photo booth contest, winner gets a $100 gift certificate

• Kelowna Women’s Shelter Thrift Store (527 Lawrence Ave.)—fashion show at noon, plus prize draws all day

L’Amore Bridal (1607 Pandosy St.)—sidewalk sale, $99 dresses.

For more info and a printable list of all the participants, go to www.downtownkelowna.com under Events.

Remember, all the merchants in the second phase of the Bernard Avenue revitalization project are still open.

They need your support while the work is going on, so be sure to head downtown and check them out—they’re full of fresh spring merchandise to surprise you.

Trust me, it’s not that hard to park or get into the stores and you’ll get a front-row view of the work going on. It’s quite fascinating to see this once-in-a-lifetime upgrade to our main street.

One last note—if you love Hawaii, here’s a great idea for a Saturday night out.

The Greenroom Restaurant (in the downtown library parkade complex) is featuring award-winning Hawaiian recording artist Bruce Spencer on Saturday nights, and no cover charge.

What an innovative idea for a night out—sharing the warm spirit and beauty of Hawaii through its enchanting music.

Had a chat with new owner Eva Simon about her unique entertainment idea, and she tells me that Spencer’s music has been very popular.

The Green Room is a charming spot for a cozy, intimate dinner; the rich and warm decor is accented with touches of bright green.

The restaurant features a fabulous menu of tapas as well as main courses like Maple Pecan Salmon, Blue-Cheese topped Port Steak, Strawberry Shrimp Feta Salad…is your mouth watering yet?

Can’t wait until they open their sidewalk patio soon, that will only add to the charm.

I must say, the creativity of our downtown entrepreneurs never fails to amaze me.

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