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Wine party on the Bench
Chelsea Powrie - Jul 17 - Biz Releases

Tickets are now on sale for one of the biggest bashes on the Bench, the annual Naramata Bench Wineries Association Tailgate Party to celebrate the end of the harvest. On Sept. 8, the 28 member wineries of the association and attendees will party like it’s 1909, with the theme of “Bootleg Bash” offering a throwback to the […]

MMA returns to Penticton
Colton Davies - Jul 17 - Biz Releases

A loaded mixed martial arts fight card which includes UFC veterans, prospects and local pro fighters is coming to the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre this weekend. The Diablo Fight Series, presented by Xcessive Force Fighting Championship, takes place Saturday, marking the first MMA event held in Penticton in five years. Darren Cliffe, president of Xcessive […]

City council talks Airbnb
Kirk Penton - Jul 17 - Biz Releases

The cost of a business licence could be the most heated debate as the City of Kelowna creates short-term rental regulations over the next few months. City council passed the planning department’s short-term rental regulatory direction during Monday’s meeting, but councillors had a few questions about how much residents might have to pay to list […]

West K talks pot business
Wayne Moore - Jul 17 - Biz Releases

The City of West Kelowna wants to talk pot. The city is looking for your feedback on possible restrictions on retail cannabis shops. A survey is available online at the city’s website, while paper copies can be picked up at city hall. West Kelowna is in the process of amending current bylaws to coincide with the […]

Tech Fest set for Sept. 14
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jul 17 - Biz Releases

Tech Fest 2018 will be held Sept. 14 in Kamloops. The celebration of technology innovators, entrepreneurs, agitators, and supporters is regarded as the interior’s top annual technology event. Participants can talk to peers at the Technology Market, discover what’s new and explore how technology is changing the way traditional industries are doing business. Craft breweries, […]

Penticton getting bigger
Colin Dacre - Jul 17 - Biz Releases

The City of Penticton has completed the process to expand its southeast boundaries near Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park by about 300 acres. A report going before council Tuesday indicates the city’s new boundaries have now been formally accepted by the provincial government. The move was at the request of a developer who plans on building […]

Casino talks to resume
Wayne Moore - Jul 17 - Biz Releases

Mediation efforts aimed at resolving a strike at four casinos in the Okanagan and Kamloops will resume at the end of the week. Gateway Casinos Entertainment and the union representing more than 675 casinos workers in Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon and Kamloops, will begin three days of mediated talks Friday. The strike will be heading into […]

Penticton Airport turns 76
Colin Dacre - Jul 17 - Biz Releases

Penticton airport will be celebrating its birthday this month and wants the community to join the fun. Sunday, July 22 will be Airport Day, to mark the 76th consecutive year that the airport has been operating in the region. The celebration aims to highlight the benefits of having an airport in the community and will feature a […]

Salvation Army may move
Chelsea Powrie - Jul 16 - Biz Releases

The Penticton Salvation Army is looking to purchase and renovate a large property on Camrose Street, previously the location of the Penticton Western News, for use as a new consolidated headquarters, food bank and thrift store in town. They have an offer in for 2250 Camrose St., but it is contingent on council approving a zoning amendment, […]

Sole KLO selling swiftly
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jul 16 - Biz Releases

Affordable condominium living across the street from Okanagan College is proving to be quite popular. Sole KLO, a new condo development currently under construction on K.L.O. Road, has already sold more than 60 per cent of its units. It is literally across the street from Okanagan College, making it popular among families with students. Kevin […]

Kelowna rent rising, falling
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jul 16 - Biz Releases

The rental cost of a one-bedroom unit in Kelowna is continuing its upward trend, increasing by more than 10 per cent over the last 12 months. PadBlogger released its July rental report on Monday, and Kelowna, which is the 20th largest city in Canada, checked in at No. 8 among Canadian cities when it came […]

Kelowna job fair Tuesday
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jul 16 - Biz Releases

Kelowna Community Resources is hosting a job fair for a second straight month, which organizers believe illustrates how hot the job market is in the city. The Summer Job Fair Redux is slated for Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m. at 620 Leon Ave. Some of the employers in attendance will include CIBC, Accent Inns, […]

Not out of woods yet
Colin Dacre - Jul 16 - Biz Releases

It appears a large-scale marijuana grow-op that broke ground in Kaleden earlier this year still has a regulatory hurdle to clear with the Agricultural Land Commission. Green Mountain Health Alliance held a ceremony in March for the start of construction on a 200,000-square-foot medicinal cannabis production facility on a property on Hwy 3A, about 7 […]

Bus eatery forges ahead
Darren Handschuh - Jul 16 - Biz Releases

With Greyhound planning to cease operations in Western Canada at the end of October, the fate of a popular restaurant is up in the air. EATology has been leasing a space in the Vernon Greyhound bus terminal for three years, but when Greyhound stops operating, what will happen to the downtown restaurant? It is not […]

Winery trying something new
Chelsea Powrie - Jul 16 - Biz Releases

A winery on the Naramata Bench is trying to make a name for itself by opening a new style of tasting room and hosting a big 1920s-themed gala. “It’s something we’re trying this year, it’s kind of an over-the-top big event as opposed to the typical tastings most wineries do,” said Red Rooster Winery experience manager Michael […]

North Okanagan not panicking
Darren Handschuh - Jul 16 - Biz Releases

While some smaller communities in Western Canada are reeling from the news Greyhound will cease operating at the end of October, two North Okanagan communities are taking it in stride. Earlier this week, Greyhound announced it was ending its passenger bus and freight services in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and cancelling all but one route […]

District ready for new look
Wayne Moore - Jul 15 - Biz Releases

A portion of the Capri-Landmark district is getting a head start on what is expected to be a massive redevelopment in the area. At the same time, what has been an eyesore and irritant for neighbours around Pacific Avenue and Pasnak Street will be cleaned up. City council will be presented with a development proposal […]

Licences for rentals proposed
Kirk Penton - Jul 14 - Biz Releases

The results are in, and it appears the City of Kelowna is ready to make some changes to its short-term rental regulations. The city’s planning committee, which has been studying the topic for nearly a year, will present its report and guiding principles to council on Monday afternoon. It will recommend changes to the zoning […]

Scotties brings in bucks
Colin Dacre - Jul 13 - Biz Releases

The Scotties Tournament of Hearts held in Penticton earlier this year generated a $6.7 million impact on the local economy, according to a report going before city council next week. An estimated 5,800 out-of-town visitors attended the national women’s curling championship at the South Okanagan Events Centre between Jan. 27 and Feb. 4, spending an […]

Wine industry’s best honoured
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jul 13 - Biz Releases

The BC Wine Institute conducted its annual general meeting in Kelowna this week, adding four new members to its board of directors and honouring the industry’s best. Christa-Lee McWatters Bond from Penticton’s Encore Vineyards and Charlie Baessler from Keremeos’ Corcelettes Estate Winery were the Okanagan representatives added to the board, along with Josie Tyabji of […]

Chamber worried about impact
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jul 13 - Biz Releases

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce has voiced its concern over Greyhound’s decision to eliminate all passenger and freight routes in western Canada, fearing it could have a negative impact on city businesses. “We know that transportation linkages between Kelowna and surrounding communities are critical for both those living in smaller communities that access services here […]

Dropbike popularity soars
Wayne Moore - Jul 13 - Biz Releases

Kelowna’s new bike share pilot project is a huge success. Launched just a month ago, active transportation manager Matt Worona says the program has more than exceeded expectations. “In the first 30 days we had 7,000 rides and 5,000 people have signed up on the app,” Worona said. “With 7,000 rides, we get an abundance of […]

Winery celebrates new look
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jul 13 - Biz Releases

The Vibrant Vine celebrated its grand reopening in style on Thursday. The East Kelowna business, which for four consecutive years has been voted B.C.’s top winery on Trip Advisor, recently completed a nearly $1 million expansion project. Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran even made an appearance to cut the ribbon during the day-long bash. The Vibrant […]

Local companies get pot nod
Nicholas Johansen - Jul 13 - Biz Releases

Two cannabis growers in Kelowna will join 31 other companies across Canada in producing recreational cannabis for the government, come legalization this fall. B.C.’s Liquor Distribution Branch will be the sole legal wholesaler of non-medical cannabis for private and public retailers in the province when the plant is legalized nationwide on Oct. 17. On Wednesday, […]

Young entrepreneur rolling
Kirk Penton - Jul 13 - Biz Releases

Kalyn Webster quickly learned what it’s like to be a 22-year-old entrepreneur. “It’s pretty amazing,” Webster said. “The last year has been pretty epic for me. When I first got into it I figured it would be easy, and now I’m working every night until eight or nine o’clock and realize it’s not as easy […]

Penticton adds Polish flavour
Colton Davies - Jul 12 - Biz Releases

A unique new restaurant offering a taste of Poland opened in downtown Penticton on Wednesday. The Polish Bistro opened its doors at 65 Nanaimo Ave. East at 11:30 a.m., and will be open for lunch and dinner daily, except on Sundays. Owner Walter Hrynkiewicz moved with his family in January to Penticton from Thunder Bay, Ont., and said […]

Casino talks go cold
Wayne Moore - Jul 12 - Biz Releases

Company officials say mediated talks aimed at ending a two-week strike at Gateway Entertainment casinos in the Okanagan and Kamloops have ended with no deal on the horizon. Three days of mediated talks concluded Wednesday. Public relations director Tanya Gabara says the BCGEU, which represents more than 675 striking casino workers did not provide a […]

HomeSense coming to West K
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jul 12 - Biz Releases

HomeSense is coming to West Kelowna. The Canadian-owned chain of off-price home furnishing stores will be moving into the former Wholesale Sports building, which will make it a co-anchor of the Synatan Shopping Centre located at 3600 Carrington Rd. HomeSense will likely open next summer, as the company is expected to make several improvements to the […]

New hotel owners on Harvey
Kirk Penton - Jul 12 - Biz Releases

A Summerland company with numerous hotels in Alberta and Saskatchewan now owns a major one on Kelowna’s busiest stretch of road. Best Canadian Motor Inns purchased the former Holiday Inn Express and Conference Centre at the corner of Highway 97 and Banks Road. The property has been renamed Kanata Kelowna Hotel and Conference Centre. The […]

MP talks small business
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jul 12 - Biz Releases

A local MP kicked off his small business tour of the province on Wednesday with a stop at the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce. Dan Albas, the MP for Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola, serves as the Shadow Minister for Small Business and plans to meet with business owners to prioritize their interests and hear about the important issues. […]

Casino talks continue
Wayne Moore - Jul 12 - Biz Releases

Mediation efforts aimed at ending the nearly two-week strike by casino workers in the Okanagan and Kamloops are continuing. Three days of scheduled talks between the striking BC Government Employees Union and Gateway Casinos Entertainment Ltd. began Monday. As those talks continue, there is optimism on the picket lines. “So far, we haven’t had any […]

Cannabis sales shut down
Nicholas Johansen - Jul 12 - Biz Releases

The City of Kelowna successfully stopped a downtown skateboard shop from selling cannabis Wednesday, at least for now. On June 12, the city served Bobby Kennedy, co-owner of the Bakery Boardshop at 1561 Pandosy St., with a petition to stop selling cannabis and to stop operating an unlicensed business. The selling of medical cannabis out […]

Greyhound workers reeling
Kirk Penton - Jul 12 - Biz Releases

Mike McLellan has been driving Greyhound buses all over B.C. for most of the last two decades. In fact, the 51-year-old Kelowna resident celebrated his 19th anniversary with the company on June 21. Earlier this week, he and many others were rocked by the news that Greyhound was eliminating all Canadian routes west of Sudbury, […]