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Taking the food truck floral
Trevor Nichols - May 22, 2018 - Biz Profiles

A short time ago, Diane Herron left her business, sold all her stuff, and made her way to the Okanagan Valley. Now, less than a year after she first landed, Herron is making an impact in Kelowna, crisscrossing the city in a tiny, fragrant, pink truck. Herron’s new business, Sweet Dee’s Flowers, takes the food […]

Tourist org ‘bullying’ members?
Trevor Nichols - May 14, 2018 - Biz Profiles

After being barred from board meetings, asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement, and “ignored” for years, Luke Weller is speaking out against Tourism Kelowna. The owner of Ogopogo Parasail is spearheading a small group of Tourism Kelowna members who say the marketing organization’s new information centre will cripple their businesses. The new building will open […]

Kelowna’s wildest ride
Trevor Nichols - May 04, 2018 - Biz Profiles

If you’ve spent an evening in downtown Kelowna recently, you might have seen a somewhat strange sight: a lad (or lady) pulling passengers down the street, almost like a horse in bridle, in a bright red, two-wheeled contraption. The contraption is a rickshaw, and the runner will have been from Last of the Old Kind, a […]

Kings of the mountains
Trevor Nichols - Apr 17, 2018 - Biz Profiles

Because they’re located a little out of the way, and because their customers are mostly military and police institutions, many in the Okanagan know little or nothing about HNZ Topflight. But the helicopter training facility is one of the oldest businesses in the Okanagan Valley, and has quietly become recognized as one of the best […]

Landing in wine country
Contributed - Mar 30, 2018 - Biz Profiles

In partnership with South Okanagan Immigrant Community Services, Castanet Penticton is publishing the stories of 14 local multicultural champions from 10 countries over the next year, once a month. Today we feature one of those stories on Okanagan Edge. Michal and Martina Mosny reached a crossroads in their homeland of Slovakia. They were operating a small boutique […]

Bridging the digital divide
Accelerate Okanagan - Mar 26, 2018 - Biz Profiles

Bruce Buffalo, the founder of Maskwacis Fibre, is a man who grew up bouncing around foster homes and struggling to make ends meet. Despite this, today he is driven to help others rise up out of poverty and life circumstances to lead a better life. Buffalo believes in the power of information and Maskwacis Fibre is on […]

‘Filling the grey areas’
Trevor Nichols - Mar 19, 2018 - Biz Profiles

A “luxury” cab company in West Kelowna is trying to change the way people in the city think about taxis. Pawen Auleth, a part-owner of WestCabs, says he and his partners started the company in July to “fill in the grey areas” they felt were being missed by taxi companies serving the Westside. “We really […]

Family takes bannock mobile
Trevor Nichols - Mar 14, 2018 - Biz Profiles

For years, Lana Donaldson carried a tattered piece of paper folded into her wallet. On it, the logo she had designed for the mobile bannock truck she hoped to one day open. Donaldson, who works at Glenrosa Middle School in Aboriginal education, says she’s had the dream for years, but with young kids and her […]

Slingin’ spudz
Trevor Nichols - Mar 02, 2018 - Biz Profiles

After more than half a decade in Canada, Martin Paris was tired of not being able to find a good baked potato. Freshly baked spuds are sold from food trucks and takeaway diners across Britain but have never taken hold as a quick and healthy lunch option here in the Great White North. So when […]

Local couple’s big book deal
Accelerate Okanagan - Feb 07, 2018 - Biz Profiles

In a three-book deal that went to auction with several U.S. publishers, Deanna Kent and Neil Hooson will be working with Imprint, a division of Macmillan USA, on their middle-grade book series Snazzy Cat Capers. The heavily illustrated series features more than a few references to Kelowna, and focuses on Ophelia von Hairball, the world’s […]