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Mission Hill’s design lauded
Okanagan Edge Staff - Aug 13 - Okanagan Biz

West Kelowna’s Mission Hill Family Estate was recently featured as one of the world’s best-designed vineyards. Architectural Digest produced a story about “The best 19 vineyard designs from around the world,” and Mission Hill was ranked No. 5. It was the only Canadian winery on the list and one of five in North America. The […]

OCP adds winemaking pair
Okanagan Edge Staff - Aug 13 - Okanagan Biz

Summerland’s Okanagan Crush Pad has added two new winemakers to its lineup in time for harvest season. Steve Latchford and Lynzee Schatz will assist head winemaker Matt Dumayne. Latchford, who was born in Prince Edward County, Ont., will manage custom crush client wines, while Schatz, a Kelowna native, will oversee sparking wine production. Latchford has […]

JoeAnna’s House getting close
Wayne Moore - Aug 13 - Okanagan Biz

The latest fundraising effort through the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation could be ready to break ground in the early fall. JoeAnna’s House will be a home away from home for families who have to travel from other parts of the Interior to be with a loved one receiving life-saving care at KGH. The fundraising effort […]

Marina employees save day
Alanna Kelly - Aug 13 - Okanagan Biz

Eldorado Marina employees are being called heroes for rescuing a family after their boat started sinking. Three young men bravely saved a mother, father, daughter and two dogs after their boat became fully submerged and sank on Saturday. “The three rescuers who are simply Eldorado marina staff then went out in search of more boaters after […]

Calling trades, tech teachers
Okanagan Edge Staff - Aug 13 - Okanagan Biz

Okanagan College and Brock University are teaming up to give trades and technology teachers a leg up in their industry. The new Trades and Technology Teacher Education (TTTE) program, which will launch in September, also gives tradespeople and technology professionals a chance to add instructional training. The program is comprised of online courses in communications, […]

Peach Fest keeps growing
Chelsea Powrie - Aug 13 - Okanagan Biz

The 71st annual Peach Fest came to a close Sunday night, with B.C.-born country artist Madeline Merlo rounding off five days of top-class entertainment. Festival president Don Kendall said while it’s tough to discern exact numbers since everything was free, the park was almost always packed. “Last year was the biggest year we’ve ever had, […]

Rock the Lake returning
Kirk Penton - Aug 13 - Okanagan Biz

Keep on rocking! Rock the Lake thrilled more crowds at Prospera Place Saturday night and has announced the outdoor festival will be back for 2019. Saturday’s lineup included Glass Tiger, Sweet, Barney Bentall and the Legendary Hearts, and The Northern Pikes. Next year’s festival will go Aug. 9-11, and ticket pre-orders started on Sunday. Producers […]

The Mule shutting down
Chelsea Powrie - Aug 13 - Okanagan Biz

Penticton’s only nightclub is closing its doors after 20 years in business on Martin Street. The last chance to dance the night away at the Mule will be Sunday, Sept. 2, after which the club will be no more. A post on the Mule’s Facebook page thanked present and past employees and patrons. “We look forward […]

Houndogs owners all shook up
Colton Davies - Aug 12 - Okanagan Biz

For 14 years, the Houndogs Reztaurant in Penticton has been a hot spot for channel floaters to cool off with food and entertainment. But the iconic restaurant is on its last legs, as it’s closing down on Sept. 3. “It’s going to be a big difference … We’re really gonna miss it, but it’s time to […]

New bus routes eyed
Colton Davies - Aug 11 - Okanagan Biz

South Okanagan and Similkameen residents will have a chance to weigh in on a planned bus expansion from Penticton to Kelowna during three open houses this week. Open houses on Wednesday will take place in Penticton at the regional district board office from 8:30 a.m. to noon, and in Keremeos at the village office from 2 p.m. to 4 […]

Device could save thousands
Okanagan Edge Staff - Aug 10 - Okanagan Biz

An Okanagan College instructor has come up with a new way to count aluminum cans, and it could save the recycling industry plenty of money. Luke Skulmoski, an OC trades instructor and licensed electrician, created a device for Vernon’s Interior Recycling that is able to count cans, using a camera, as they fall into a […]

Perfect for dry Okanagan
Okanagan Edge Staff - Aug 10 - Okanagan Biz

A Penticton company has started selling a new product that is required in the bone-dry Okanagan. Lumalex Canada, whose home base is on Warren Avenue East in the south Okanagan city, is selling a solar-powered tiki torch. The Garden and Patio LED Tiki Torch is perfect for the region, because it is under a fire […]

Kids camp at Big White
Okanagan Edge Staff - Aug 10 - Okanagan Biz

Big White Ski Resort and Hoodoo Adventure Co. are getting together to offer an unforgettable week for kids. The businesses have teamed up to create Adventure Camp, which will feature kayaking or canoeing, mountain biking Big White’s lift-serviced downhill mountain bike park, hiking, bushcraft, stand up paddleboarding, ecology and conservation and team building initiatives. The overnight […]

Unemployment up in Kelowna
Okanagan Edge Staff - Aug 10 - Okanagan Biz

Kelowna’s unemployment rate rose slightly last month but remains below the national average. The rate increased a tenth of a percentage point in July at 5.7 per cent. The national unemployment mark in July was 5.8 percent, which represents a 40-year low. B.C. has a five per cent jobless rate, which is the lowest mark […]

Wine tours too rowdy?
Kirk Penton - Aug 10 - Okanagan Biz

There has been plenty of talk this summer about wine tour companies bringing rowdy patrons to Okanagan wineries. Some wineries have gone so far as to limit the number of tours or people per tour at any one time. Others have outright banned bachelor and bachelorette parties. One local tour operator believes the changing wine […]

Kamloops businesses needed
Okanagan Edge Staff - Aug 10 - Okanagan Biz

A recent Thompson Rivers University graduate is looking for the Kamloops business community to participate in a survey about truth and reconciliation. Theresa Toms is conducting a research project called The Kamloops Business Community and Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples: A Study on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action. She won an […]

Calling best businesses
Colin Dacre - Aug 10 - Okanagan Biz

Nominations are now open for the annual Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce Excellence Awards. The awards recognize the best in local business and those that are setting a new standard in their field. Fifteen categories will be awarded during the Denim & Diamonds Gala, to be held on Oct. 13 at the Penticton […]

Faces of #OKGNtech
Accelerate Okanagan - Aug 10 - Okanagan Biz

A strong community can promote new ideas and ensure accountability. It can also act as motivation, support and even provide a little friendly competition. The power of community is undeniable, and the Okanagan tech community is no exception. Our community is strong and growing with record speed, and maintaining connections through a period of growth […]

Sally Ann on move
Colin Dacre - Aug 09 - Okanagan Biz

Penticton city council has approved a rezoning to allow the Salvation Army to move into and consolidate its operations at an industrial building on Camrose Street. Council unanimously passed the motion Tuesday evening, following a brief public hearing that saw supporters tout the good work the Sally Ann does in Penticton. “I think it is […]

GRM Trade Show on tap
Okanagan Edge Staff - Aug 09 - Okanagan Biz

The sixth annual GRM Trade Show Event will be held Saturday in West Kelowna. It will feature the newest and best quality equipment in the construction, landscaping and snow removal industries. More than 30 exhibitors will have their products on display, including the SnowBot—a fully autonomous snow clearing robot. Companies in attendance will include Finning, […]

Starbuds in Ontario market
Kirk Penton - Aug 09 - Okanagan Biz

A Kelowna-based cannabis company believes it has positioned itself well for cannabis distribution in Ontario. Starbuds Canada, a joint venture between Compass Cannabis Clinic and Starbuds U.S., has secured multiple real estate locations in Whitby, Ont., and Windsor, Ont., and has entered into multiple operational agreements with stakeholders for additional locations in Canada’s most populated […]

Public can get some air
Okanagan Edge Staff - Aug 09 - Okanagan Biz

The Big White slopestyle course that hosted the world’s best riders last month will soon be open to the public. Bike Big White and LOFT Bike Parks announced Thursday that Big White Slopestyle Centre, an elite training facility, will be opening on Saturday. Big White says the opportunity to train on a true slopestyle course […]

Apartment starts way up
Okanagan Edge Staff - Aug 09 - Okanagan Biz

Housing starts in Kelowna were up in July over last year at this time, but they are down substantially overall in 2018. The Canadian Mortgage Housing Corporation released the statistics on Thursday morning, and it showed Kelowna had 112 apartment starts in July. That is nearly triple last year’s July mark of 41 starts. On […]

Pier needs insurance money
Colin Dacre - Aug 09 - Okanagan Biz

The City of Penticton is waiting on the insurance company before it can start repairs on the Kiwanis Walking Pier on Okanagan Lake. City engineer Ian Chapman says a contractor has already been selected for the work, which was partially delayed this spring by the elevated level of Okanagan Lake. “We are waiting in the […]

Non-profit could save lives
Nicholas Johansen - Aug 09 - Okanagan Biz

Thousands of people across the province and beyond are making their way to the small community of Salmo this week, for the 21st Shambhala Music Festival. And for the 16th year a small non-profit organization will be on site testing attendee’s illicit drugs. Shambhala started as a small gathering of about 500 people on a […]

Vernon band lands big gig
Darren Handschuh - Aug 09 - Okanagan Biz

With an infectious, upbeat style and youthful energy, Vernon band “Daysormay” is quickly building a reputation as a band to watch out for. The alternative five-piece band has been playing their way into the hearts of music lovers with gigs from Vernon to Boise, Idaho. However, it might just be a September to remember for […]

Profess love elsewhere, please
Okanagan Edge Staff - Aug 08 - Okanagan Biz

Stephane and Beatrice Facon have a message for the person or people responsible for spray-painting the windows and walls of their downtown Kelowna business overnight Tuesday. “We all know the reputation of the French lovers,” the owners of Bouchons Bistro wrote in an e-mail to the media. “We do encourage to love as much as we do […]

Okanagan hotel rooms pricey
Okanagan Edge Staff - Aug 08 - Okanagan Biz

Kelowna and Penticton have cracked the top 10 list of most expensive hotel rooms in Canada, according to a recent survey. Cheaphotels.org compared hotel rates of 30 Canadian destinations for the month of August, and Kelowna checked in at No. 8 with an average price of $221 per night for its cheapest available double room. […]

Water’s Edge North, take two
Alanna Kelly - Aug 08 - Okanagan Biz

What remains of a burned-down condominium has been purchased by an Edmonton home-building company. Carrington Homes announced on Tuesday it had purchased the former Water’s Edge North building development on Truswell Road, which was destroyed in July 2017. The condo collapsed after a fire was started by a construction worker working on the building at about 11:30 a.m. A large […]

New Italian Kitchen leader
Okanagan Edge Staff - Aug 08 - Okanagan Biz

One of Vernon’s best restaurants has a new man in charge. Pretium Restaurant Group announced Wednesday that Andrew Ruddock will serve as its new restaurant manager and will focus on The Italian Kitchen Company. Ruddock comes to Vernon from Vancouver, where he spent the last several years with The Warehouse Group restaurant. “I am very excited […]

Gun range still reeling
Colton Davies - Aug 08 - Okanagan Biz

It’s now well into fire season, but some properties in rural Oliver are still feeling the effects of spring flooding. At the Southern Okanagan Sportsmen’s Association, they’re only just beginning to dig out. The gun range at the end of Sportsmens Bowl Road has been closed due to flooding for more than four months, and it’ll […]

Tears for Rose’s closure
Madison Erhardt - Aug 08 - Okanagan Biz

After 25 years in business, Rose’s Waterfront Pub is closing its doors, and tears have been shed since the announcement was made last week. “After the bomb dropped on Wednesday I had customers coming in crying. I’m consoling customers crying on the phone,” said general manager Andrew Neville. The reason for the closure is the building, located […]

Predator hosts night market
Chantelle Deacon - Aug 08 - Okanagan Biz

Predator Ridge Resort and Craft Culture will host their first night market next Wednesday. The market at the well-known golf course will feature local crafters and artisans as well as a mix of local businesses, food trucks and musicians. There will also be a tasting section where attendees can sample beverages from local wineries, cideries, […]

Windward thriving in Penticton
Colin Dacre - Aug 08 - Okanagan Biz

Motorists travelling down Skaha Lake Road on the south end of Penticton have no doubt noticed, and perhaps wondered, about the flags atop the Windward Software building. Company CEO Dennis Jacobsen was before city council Tuesday, as a part of an initiative to highlight local business success stories. He said the flags represent all the countries […]