Business

Straight from DeHart

Straight from DeHart

New discount grocer to open doors in Kelowna

  • Apr 29, 2020
Straight from DeHart
Darren Bezanson, owner of Fairways Bistro & Catering in Armstrong, was able to keep his business going thanks to the Emergency Loans Relief Program from Community Futures North Okanagan. (Submitted Photo)

COVID-19: North Okanagan businesses get a boost

Community Futures provides emergency loans

Darren Bezanson, owner of Fairways Bistro & Catering in Armstrong, was able to keep his business going thanks to the Emergency Loans Relief Program from Community Futures North Okanagan. (Submitted Photo)
Eric Foster, Vernon-Monashee MLA, and Coralee Oakes, Official Opposition critic for small business, answered questions and provided guidance to local business owners as they navigate their next steps amid the COVID-19 pandemic April 21, 2020. (Contributed)

COVID-19: ‘money needs to get out the door,’ Okanagan MLA says

Cariboo North, Vernon-Monashee MLAs talk business with chamber of commerce

Eric Foster, Vernon-Monashee MLA, and Coralee Oakes, Official Opposition critic for small business, answered questions and provided guidance to local business owners as they navigate their next steps amid the COVID-19 pandemic April 21, 2020. (Contributed)
Okanagan Chamber manager resigns due to COVID-19 cutbacks

Okanagan Chamber manager resigns due to COVID-19 cutbacks

Resignation gives room in budget for Chamber of Commerce to continue to serve community

Okanagan Chamber manager resigns due to COVID-19 cutbacks
Chasers Bottle Depot, in Vernon’s north end, has announced via Facebook it will reopen for business Monday, April 20. (Google photo)

Okanagan bottle depot set to reopen

Chasers Bottle Depot in Vernon will reopen Monday with new physical distancing protocol

Chasers Bottle Depot, in Vernon’s north end, has announced via Facebook it will reopen for business Monday, April 20. (Google photo)
Vernon’s Spiritleaf, at 2400 53 Ave., is preparing for a busy 4-20 on April 20, 2020, owner Sarah Ballantyne said, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. (Spiritleaf)

Vernon cannabis retailer plans ahead for busy 4-20 despite COVID-19

Spiritleaf says Weed Day can still be celebrated by Okanagan cannabis users, it may just look different

Vernon’s Spiritleaf, at 2400 53 Ave., is preparing for a busy 4-20 on April 20, 2020, owner Sarah Ballantyne said, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. (Spiritleaf)
Ratio Coffee & Pastry unleashed a quarantine-themed menu for Friday Doughnuts on April 17, including two honouring Provincial Health Minister Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix. (Facebook)

COVID-19: Vernon coffee shop honours B.C. health officials with doughnuts

This week’s Friday Doughnuts at Ratio Coffee & Pastry featured a quarantine-themed menu

Ratio Coffee & Pastry unleashed a quarantine-themed menu for Friday Doughnuts on April 17, including two honouring Provincial Health Minister Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix. (Facebook)
Shoe designer John Fluevog has designed a pair of shoes in honour of Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (File contributed/ fluevog.com)

B.C. designer John Fluevog creates shoes in honour of Dr. Bonnie Henry

Pre-sale profits from the shoes will go to Food Banks BC

Shoe designer John Fluevog has designed a pair of shoes in honour of Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (File contributed/ fluevog.com)
The Okanagan Landing Tim Hortons outlet on 25th Avenue in Vernon will re-open for takeout deliveries on Thursday, April 16. (Canadian Press - file photo)

Okanagan Tim Hortons outlet to reopen for takeout

Vernon outlet will open for takeout deliveries starting Thursday, April 16

The Okanagan Landing Tim Hortons outlet on 25th Avenue in Vernon will re-open for takeout deliveries on Thursday, April 16. (Canadian Press - file photo)
Downtown Summerland has been quiet during the COVID-19 pandemic, but business leaders are already looking ahead to plans for recovery. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Summerland business leaders look to recovery

COVID-19 pandemic continues, but entrepreneurs are planning for the future

Downtown Summerland has been quiet during the COVID-19 pandemic, but business leaders are already looking ahead to plans for recovery. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Life and Style with Terry Simpson

Life and Style with Terry Simpson

Lexi & Lake owner hopes to set trends not follow them

  • Apr 10, 2020
Life and Style with Terry Simpson
Secure Self Storage has decorated windows with Easter-themed paintings and plan to continue creating a variety of painting for the community until social distancing has been removed. (Submitted Photo)

Easter weekend brightened up by Okanagan business

Social distancing might have you down, so one business is spreading cheer

Secure Self Storage has decorated windows with Easter-themed paintings and plan to continue creating a variety of painting for the community until social distancing has been removed. (Submitted Photo)
Canadian businesses urged to complete survey on COVID-19 impacts

Canadian businesses urged to complete survey on COVID-19 impacts

Chamber and Statistic Canada trying to understand what businesses are going through

Canadian businesses urged to complete survey on COVID-19 impacts
#NOKTogether is a collaboration of business support organizations and local government with a goal of streamlining communication and resources to support local businesses and residents through the new website noktogether.com. (Submitted Photo)

North Okanagan bands together in support against COVID-19

New group launches website with tools to help endure crisis

#NOKTogether is a collaboration of business support organizations and local government with a goal of streamlining communication and resources to support local businesses and residents through the new website noktogether.com. (Submitted Photo)

North Okanagan businesses get a boost from chamber program

Residents can support local business from home buy purchasing gift certificates

Life and style with Tara Elston

Life and style with Tara Elston

Owner of Foxy Box Nanaimo on fashion and beauty inspiration

  • Apr 1, 2020
Life and style with Tara Elston
Okanagan Telus customers’ service interrupted

Okanagan Telus customers’ service interrupted

Equipment failure caused a service disruption in parts of Western Canada Tuesday

Okanagan Telus customers’ service interrupted
Sport Clips was scheduled to open in Vernon March 30, but plans have been pushed back due to the pandemic. (Sport Clips photo)

Don’t take hair into your own hands, urge Okanagan stylists

New Vernon shop expects high demand come May, since opening delayed

Sport Clips was scheduled to open in Vernon March 30, but plans have been pushed back due to the pandemic. (Sport Clips photo)
A second Co-op gas station is planned for the old OK Builders site on Okanagan Landing Road. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Okanagan business pumped to expand amid COVID-19

Co-op has plans for a second Vernon fuel station on Okanagan Landing Road

A second Co-op gas station is planned for the old OK Builders site on Okanagan Landing Road. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Vernon’s Freshii is offering free delivery to truckers parked within the city, after hearing that they aren’t able to get food with drive throughs closed. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Okanagan business delivers to truckers unable to get food

Freshii owners also delivering and offering deal to first responders and health care workers

Vernon’s Freshii is offering free delivery to truckers parked within the city, after hearing that they aren’t able to get food with drive throughs closed. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)