Biz Releases

Okanagan Spirits back to whisky
Okanagan Edge Staff - 12:33 pm - Biz Releases

Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery has spent the last three months making hand sanitizer, but it’s time to go back to whisky. The Okanagan business announced Friday that its tasting rooms are open once again, although they have been reconfigured to ensure a safe and physically distanced environment for its patrons. The Vernon distillery hours are […]

Unemployment rate still rising
Okanagan Edge Staff - 9:25 am - Biz Releases

Even though jobs were added in May on a national scale, the same can’t be said for Kelowna. The Okanagan’s largest city had a 1.4% employment drop last month due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and its unemployment rate jumped to 9.6% after increasing to 8.1% in April. There were more than 10,000 unemployed people in […]

House prices up in south
Chelsea Powrie - 8:51 am - Biz Releases

Real estate turnover is down year-over-year in the South Okanagan for the month of May. Compared to May 2019, the number of single family home sales for May 2020 are down 38.8%, townhouses are down 20.8% and condos and apartments are down 58.3%. The average number of days to sell is also up across the board, with a […]

Lights, camera, action!
Rob Gibson - 7:54 am - Biz Releases

The Okanagan film industry is slowly getting back to business as usual. Okanagan film commissioner Jon Summerland tells Castanet, “filming will begin slowly later in June, and all productions will be using proper health and safety protocols.” According to Summerland, there is pent-up demand to shoot in the Okanagan. “The Okanagan Film Commission has been […]

Hydrogen fuel on its way?
Wayne Moore - 6:46 am - Biz Releases

Kelowna could be soon be home to a new form of energy technology. Vancouver-based Hydrogen Technology and Energy Corporation submitted a proposal earlier this week to construct the city’s first hydrogen fuel storage facility and pump. If eventually approved, the facility would be located on the south portion of the Esso station at Harvey Avenue […]

Pick your paint in person
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jun 04, 2020 - Biz Releases

Sherwin-Williams has reopened its Vernon location, but it is still offering many shopping options for its customers. The paint shop has been arranged to enable social distancing for in-store customers, who are asked to remain two metres apart from each other. If you’re uncomfortable with going into the store, you can still call in an […]

COVID not slowing construction
Brendan Kergin - Jun 04, 2020 - Biz Releases

While the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted some industries, the construction business in Kamloops continues to do well. Nearly $25 million in building permits were issued in May. While that’s below May 2019’s massive $33 million, it’s the second highest of any May for at least the last six years. It’s also the second highest value this […]

Compass coming to North End
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jun 04, 2020 - Biz Releases

A new development in Kelowna’s Packing District is almost ready to start selling. Compass, which is located on Coronation Avenue near Gordon Avenue, features 36 modern residences with one- and two-bedroom arrangements. Sales are anticipated to begin in late summer. The project is the latest to be proposed for Kelowna’s North End, which features a […]

Vernon chamber says piece
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jun 04, 2020 - Biz Releases

The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce got an audience with the provincial government earlier this week to discuss child care and mental health. The chamber on Tuesday presented to B.C.’s Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services, which is conducting consultation on the proposed 2021 provincial budget. The chamber is asking for the government […]

Vernon getting innovative
John Lawless - Jun 04, 2020 - Biz Releases

What was once a bustling downtown eatery is being converted into a new innovation centre. Taking its inspiration from the Kelowna Innovation Centre, the new hub will be home to a number of amenities for Vernon businesspeople and creative types. While shutting down the Naked Pig was difficult, the owners felt that this was a […]