Lawrence hosts some interesting new businesses

I hope that by now you’ve had a chance to check out downtown’s new waterfront skating rink at Jim Stuart Park.

I hope that by now you’ve had a chance to check out downtown’s new waterfront skating rink at Jim Stuart Park.

It’s such a beautiful location for skating, it

almost makes winter worth it.

I took a stroll down Lawrence Avenue the other day and found some interesting new shops.

Topline Selection, 455 Lawrence (formerly Paumkkale Cotton on Pandosy in the Mission), is a real gem if you’re a lover of fine fabrics.

Owner Mustafa tells me that he imports 90 per cent of his merchandise from Turkey, and that Turkish cotton is among the softest in the world.

You can choose from luxurious housecoats, cotton pyjamas (some in kids’ sizes), tablecloths, bedspreads, even stunning Persian carpets of cotton, wool and silk blends.

There are some great purses and watches to see as well. The prices are amazing for this kind of quality, so if you appreciate quality goods at excellent prices, you’ll definitely want to stop in for a visit here.

Just a little farther down the street, at 427 Lawrence, is Bones & Stones Decor, a very funky shop.

For a total break from the humdrum, stop in and pay a visit. Open for about six months now, the store’s slogan is “nature’s design,” and that’s evident everywhere you look.

The owner Sandy brings in hand-chosen, one-of-a-kind pieces from the four corners of the Earth—jewelry and globes made of precious stones, stunning fossils in all sizes, petrified wood, gold nuggets, sandstone pieces, even giant fish metal wall art made by a local artist.

Most things in this store are many millions of years old, and all are made by nature or nature-themed.

The pale walls, wood floor and soothing fountain in the corner create a wonderful ambience.

It’s a place where you could stay and browse happily for a long time.

You can’t miss Bones & Stones because Sandy’s mascot, a big velociraptor dinosaur, is waiting outside the door to greet everyone.

Another new and inspired downtown shop is Home For Dinner, 592 Bernard. Owned by Paul and his mom Rosemarie, they have created all the yummy meals in their shop.

The idea is that you stop in and pick up a delicious dinner that you can take home and cook to create a perfect no-fuss family dinner, not to mention a wonderful aroma all through your house. Paul and his mom have had a successful location in Vernon for several years now, and they decided it was time to give busy Kelowna families a chance to enjoy their easy dinners.

The extensive menu features appetizers, hearty soups, lots of casseroles and one-dish meals (chicken pot pie or chicken lasagne, anyone?) and desserts too.

The thing that I like best about their menu is that dairy-free, gluten-free and vegetarian options are clearly marked for people with diet restrictions.

Paul tells me they’ll soon have more gluten-free items, such as a version of their chicken lasagne. I can’t wait.

Check out their website at www.homefordinner.info. Soon you’ll be able to order online and pick dinner up later. How cool is that?

Well, I hope you’re as impressed as I am that, even in the dead of winter, you can have fun strolling around Kelowna’s downtown and discovering fun new places.

It’s a tribute to the creative force that draws unique people and businesses to the core of the city.

Aren’t we lucky?

Jan Johnson has

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