Local Business

Valley First has donated between $10,000 and $25,000 to four different organizations as part of its Simple Generosity program. (Contributed)

Credit union cash helps Okanagan businesses

Valley First donates between $10,000 and $25,000 to four separate organizations to help businesses grow

Accelerate Okanagan has received $275,000 from the federal government, funding that will support the creation of new and improved capital training activities for entrepreneurs over the next two years. The funding was announced Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. (Submitted photo)

New funding accelerates opportunities for Okanagan investors

Accelerate Okanagan has received $275,000 to support capital training activities for entrepreneurs

Lake Country’s Chase Van Buuren of Limitless Manufacturing secured a deal with Arlene Dickinson and Wes Hall on the CBC-TV show Dragon’s Den. (CBC/Dragon’s Den photo)

Two Dragons make offer to Lake Country businessman

Chase Van Buuren of Limitless Manufacturing scores deal on CBC-TV hit Dragon’s Den

Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery is donating three hot meals for every full-sized bottle or advent calendar sold starting Nov. 25, 2021. (OK Spirits photo)

Okanagan distillery turning liquor sales into hot meals over the holidays

Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery is donating three hot meals for every bottle or advent calendar sold

Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery is donating three hot meals for every full-sized bottle or advent calendar sold starting Nov. 25, 2021. (OK Spirits photo)
Amanda Homeniuk, owner of Vernon’s Kaleco, is one of 450 women whose businesses are featured on WeBC’s new virtual pop-up shop, which is open until Jan. 3, 2022. (Submitted photo)

New virtual pop-up shop boosts Okanagan women in business

The online shop features more than 450 women-led businesses in B.C.

Amanda Homeniuk, owner of Vernon’s Kaleco, is one of 450 women whose businesses are featured on WeBC’s new virtual pop-up shop, which is open until Jan. 3, 2022. (Submitted photo)
Lake Country’s Chase Van Buuren does a demonstration about his company, Limitless Manufacturing, during a presentation on the smash CBC-TV show Dragons’ Den. Van Buuren’s segment will air Thursday, Nov. 25. (Photo courtesy CBC/Dragons’ Den)

Lake Country business makes Dragons’ Den pitch

Limitless Manufacturing’s owner asks for investment; segment to air Thursday, Nov. 25

Lake Country’s Chase Van Buuren does a demonstration about his company, Limitless Manufacturing, during a presentation on the smash CBC-TV show Dragons’ Den. Van Buuren’s segment will air Thursday, Nov. 25. (Photo courtesy CBC/Dragons’ Den)
Anita’s Organic Mill co-owner Taylor Gemmel outside the Chilliwack location. (Michelle Gemmel submitted file photo)

Nature’s Path acquires majority interest in Chilliwack organic food business

Largest organic cereal and snack maker buys into Anita’s Organic Mill

Anita’s Organic Mill co-owner Taylor Gemmel outside the Chilliwack location. (Michelle Gemmel submitted file photo)
Kelowna International Airport. —Image: Capital News file

‘Bureaucratic bungle’: No timeline on Kelowna airport opening to international travel

Kelowna International Airport has not offered international services since April 9, 2020

Kelowna International Airport. —Image: Capital News file
A photo of Prospera Place in Downtown Kelowna. (Michael Rodriguez/Capital News)
A photo of Prospera Place in Downtown Kelowna. (Michael Rodriguez/Capital News)
The crew at Kelowna’s Burger Baron. From left to right: Owner Karrin Morris, staff members Fay Harley and Pamela Butcher, manager Lucas Findlay and staff member Amandip Bassi. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

‘One Big Bundled Family’: The success behind Kelowna’s Burger Baron

The Burger Baron team is a family of 11, and the customers are an extension of that family

The crew at Kelowna’s Burger Baron. From left to right: Owner Karrin Morris, staff members Fay Harley and Pamela Butcher, manager Lucas Findlay and staff member Amandip Bassi. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
After a little over a year in operation, a take-out-style restaurant in Kelowna is closing its doors. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media file)

Downtown Kelowna eatery closes after 7 months in operation

Kalamansi had a new approach to food, but it wasn’t the right time for it, owner said

After a little over a year in operation, a take-out-style restaurant in Kelowna is closing its doors. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media file)
Deville Coffee is at the corner of Bernard Avenue and Pandosy Street, which formerly housed Starbucks Coffee. (Contributed)

Successful opening week for new downtown Kelowna café

Owner Jenna Kopperson said the turnout made her hopeful in the midst of the pandemic

Deville Coffee is at the corner of Bernard Avenue and Pandosy Street, which formerly housed Starbucks Coffee. (Contributed)
Flair Airlines announced that it plans to grow its flight schedules by 33 per cent in Canada and the U.S. with four new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft next April and May. (Contributed)

Flair Air adds 2 new routes to Kelowna airport as part of expansion project

Kelowna airport director delighted to see more growth by airline

Flair Airlines announced that it plans to grow its flight schedules by 33 per cent in Canada and the U.S. with four new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft next April and May. (Contributed)
Bob Rymarchuk, who died in 2020, is the namesake of the Lake Country Chamber of Commerce citizen of the year award. (Contributed)

Nominations sought for excellence in Lake Country business

Chamber of Commerce Business Awards open for submissions

Bob Rymarchuk, who died in 2020, is the namesake of the Lake Country Chamber of Commerce citizen of the year award. (Contributed)
Lake Country’s parks team takes a break while planting trees at the Oyama dog park for a photo at the new sign urging residents to shop local. (District of Lake Country photo)

Lake Country encourages local spending with contest

District and chamber to check the pulse this Small Business Week

Lake Country’s parks team takes a break while planting trees at the Oyama dog park for a photo at the new sign urging residents to shop local. (District of Lake Country photo)
(The Great Closet Cleanout)

Kelowna’s fall closet cleanout event back this year

The fashion flea market is held twice each year

(The Great Closet Cleanout)
Vernon-based Tolko Industries Ltd. has again partnered with the Orange Shirt Society for an annual art contest. (Tolko photo)

Vernon company draws up Orange Shirt Day contest

Tolko Industries renews partnership for art contest with Orange Shirt Society

Vernon-based Tolko Industries Ltd. has again partnered with the Orange Shirt Society for an annual art contest. (Tolko photo)
Lake Country’s Block One Restaurant at 50th Parallel Winery has been named as one of the top 100 locations in Canada for outdoor dining in the first list compiled by opentable.com. (OpenTable photo)

Okanagan restaurants featured in outdoor dining top 100 list

Two from Vernon, West Kelowna and Penticton and one from Lake Country named in top 100 outdoor dining venues by opentable.com

Lake Country’s Block One Restaurant at 50th Parallel Winery has been named as one of the top 100 locations in Canada for outdoor dining in the first list compiled by opentable.com. (OpenTable photo)
Deville Coffee is set to open on Oct. 14 at the corner of Bernard Avenue and Pandosy Street, which formerly housed Starbucks Coffee. (Contributed)

New café steps into former Starbucks location in downtown Kelowna

On opening day, all of the café’s sales will be donated to Mamas for Mamas

Deville Coffee is set to open on Oct. 14 at the corner of Bernard Avenue and Pandosy Street, which formerly housed Starbucks Coffee. (Contributed)
Teresa Sanders, owner of Fill - Vernon’s Refill Store, opened the doors to her shop in Polson Park Mall on Dec. 3, 2019. (Caitlin Clow - Morning Star)

Vernon Métis entrepreneur named B.C.’s Pow Wow Pitch winner

CEO ful-FILLs judge’s criteria, wins $500, advances to the final

Teresa Sanders, owner of Fill - Vernon’s Refill Store, opened the doors to her shop in Polson Park Mall on Dec. 3, 2019. (Caitlin Clow - Morning Star)