Johnson: Summer heat’s arrival welcomed

Finally, our summer has arrived. With the sunshine and hot weather, a person’s thoughts naturally turn to—ice cream.

Finally, our summer has arrived. With the sunshine and hot weather, a person’s thoughts naturally turn to—ice cream.

Downtown Kelowna is definitely the place to be if you want to enjoy the lovely creamy coolness of this special treat.

There are lots of downtown shops that serve up ice cream, which is definitely better when savoured with a lake view.

So why not do an “ice cream tour” of downtown Kelowna?

Start at Annegret’s Chocolates in the Towne Centre Mall (565 Bernard) for a taste of their unique flavours.

Lovingly hand-made by Annegret, their gelato has a very European touch, often called “the best in town.”

Annegret is always coming up with intriguing new flavours. Try the new Creme Brulee or Blood Orange & Pineapple.

It’s also the perfect opportunity to check out Annegret’s delicious hand-made chocolate delights.

Continuing towards the lake, you’ll hit Moo-Lix, at 239 Bernard Ave.

This place is always bustling in summer, often until late in the evening.

Moo-Lix feature over 70 flavours of ice cream, with some really interesting names. How about Green Tea or Peanut Butter and Jam? Don’t worry if you see a line-up, as their perky staff is very efficient at moving things along quickly.

Now it’s time to head a little north on Ellis Street. I’ve just heard that The Water Garden (across from the library) now has a summer ice cream bar. Haven’t had a chance to stop in for a taste yet, but I’m sure it’s worth a visit.

If you make it as far as the bistro at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, you can reward yourself with some artisan gelato created onsite by Aimee Parisien. Grand Marnier is one of their lovely flavours, and you can wander over to the waterfront walkway from there, to enjoy the view as you savour the taste.

If you’re still hungry after your Ice Cream Tour, head over to the newly refurbished Old Train Station Public House, at 1177 Ellis St. (corner of Clement).

Owners Tracey and Dan Allen have lovingly refurbished the old train station, complete with a wraparound patio, and it’s truly a work of art.

Exposed brick walls, high ceilings, dark wood floors, dark metal chandeliers—they all add up to a feeling of bygone elegance with a modern twist. It has a great menu of pub food and some wonderful drinks.

I had a delicious Caesar salad and soaked up the atmosphere. I’m so glad to see that someone has brought this downtown landmark back to surpass its former glory.

On a non-food note, a new shoe store, Steven Johns Shoes, has opened at 469 Bernard Ave.

It’s a great addition to the already wonderful selection of unique shoes downtown. Steven also has shops in Victoria and Ladysmith, so he knows his footwear.

The shop has a comfy modern feel, with a big soft couch by the front door, wood floors and metal accents.

Rosemary from Ten Fashions, 534 Bernard Ave., tells me that her once-a-year “floor sample sale” is coming up, from Aug. 15 to 29.

This inventory clear-out sale is to make room for the new styles, so you can pick up a fabulous deal on bridal and bridesmaids gowns, as well as mother-of-the-bride dresses. Better mark it on your calendar.

One more item for your calendars—don’t miss the new Fusion Festival on Saturday, Aug. 13. This celebration of local food, music and culture replaces Mardi Gras.

It will feature two separate Kid’s Zones with lots of fun activities, musical entertainment including Tambura Rasa, Kinship and Jeff Bryant, and a Marketplace with food and vendors from across the Okanagan.

The festival will stretch from Kerry Park to Stuart Park along the waterfront. It sounds like a fun day of family-friendly activities and taste sensations, so grab the kids and come on down.

Check out the website kelownafusionfestival.com for more information.

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

 

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