Okanagan Biz


Virus adds college offerings
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jul 03, 2020 - Okanagan Biz

Okanagan College is expanding its course offerings in Salmon Arm and Revelstoke this fall as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since many courses will be shifting to online learning in September, it is allowing the college to offer more classes to those who would normally have to travel to Vernon, Kelowna or Penticton. “That’s […]

Lights, camera, action!
Laura Brookes - Jul 03, 2020 - Okanagan Biz

Landmark Cinemas will reopen its B.C. locations on Friday with special precautions in place to ensure moviegoers have an enjoyable distanced experience, free from COVID-19 concerns. Theatres will open with reduced capacity and spaced out seating, with three seats left empty for every two seats that are filled to adhere to physical distancing regulations. Guests […]

Home prices still climbing
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jul 03, 2020 - Okanagan Biz

Benchmark home prices were up across the board in the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board region in June. Single-family home prices were up 3.1% in Central Okanagan ($684,000), 3.5% in North Okanagan ($492,500) and 0.9% in the Shuswap/Revelstoke area ($432,100). The number of June sales across the region, which covers Peachland to Revelstoke, increased 77% […]

New owners at Time Winery
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jul 03, 2020 - Okanagan Biz

Penticton’s Time Winery has found new owners following last year’s unexpected passing of Harry McWatters, the grandfather of B.C. wine. Ron and Shelley Mayert, who run a family business called Five Vines Cellars, took ownership of Time Winery, Evolve Cellars and the McWatters Collection labels on Wednesday. “The McWatters’ longstanding reputation is irreplaceable, and we […]

Top 40: Tyler Robson
Contributed - Jul 03, 2020 - Okanagan Biz

Okanagan Edge and the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce are partnering to showcase some of the region’s most exciting entrepreneurs through the “Top 40 Under 40” program. Sponsored by BDO, the “Top 40 Under 40” recognizes high-achieving professionals in our community and showcases their accomplishments. This marks the sixth year the chamber has conducted a “Top 40” showcase. Honourees will […]

Ride sharing hits Kamloops
Brendan Kergin - Jul 03, 2020 - Okanagan Biz

If you need a ride home in Kamloops after having one too many (while practicing responsible social distancing rules), there’s a new option. Kabu, a ride hailing service, officially launched in the Tournament Capital on Wednesday. The service will operate from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday. […]

Homeless shelter work begins
Wayne Moore - Jul 03, 2020 - Okanagan Biz

Ground was broken Thursday on what will be a new 38-unit homeless shelter on Ellis Street. The shelter, on land next to the former OK Builders site, is expected to open in the fall. The province announced plans for the three-storey modular apartment building in May, much to the surprise of nearby businesses in the city’s north […]

Cherry growers feel pain
Laura Brookes - Jul 03, 2020 - Okanagan Biz

It’s been a tough season for cherry growers in the Okanagan after a higher-than-average rainfall during June that followed severe winter events and other stressors caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Alan Gatzke of Gatzke Orchards is no stranger to the hardship last month’s weather caused for growers and says the damage done to his cherries is irreversible. […]

Bertram sales centre opening
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jul 02, 2020 - Okanagan Biz

Preview appointments for the second tower of Bernard Block will begin on Monday. Bertram will consist of 34 storeys in downtown Kelowna. Mission Group will open the building’s presentation centre, and unveil two display homes, view screens and a full-scale model for potential residents who want to take a peek. Amenities in the tower are […]

Big Bear’s big space ready
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jul 02, 2020 - Okanagan Biz

Big Bear Software is getting ready to celebrate the grand opening of its new location and a shared professional workspace next week on Westbank First Nation. The software company, which has offices in Penticton and Calgary, is inviting the public to attend Wednesday’s grand opening, which will take place at 11:30 a.m. at 305-1979 Old […]