Housing market’s strange magic
Bill Hubbard - Apr 20, 2017 - Columnists

In the first quarter of 2017 everything points towards a booming real estate market: multiple offers are driving prices up and houses are selling faster than ever before. Virtually all the numbers are saying BOOM, except for one very important one: sales. Average home sales in two regions of the Okanagan – Kelowna and Vernon – […]

VIDEO: Why the Okanagan?
Accelerate Okanagan - Apr 20, 2017 - Columnists

There are a number of reasons why we choose to live and work here in the Okanagan. The region is a hotbed for those who enjoy local craft beer, food, wine, beaches, boats, and the great outdoors during both summer and winter. But the area has also gained international attention thanks to its reputation as […]

The experience economy
James Grieve - Apr 17, 2017 - Columnists

What can six blind men tell us about customer experience? Have you heard the story of the six blind men and the elephant? The basic story goes like this: a group of blind men encounter an elephant when they are out for a walk. They each touch the elephant to learn what it is. However, […]

Kent Law gets extensions
Kevin Lavigne - Apr 14, 2017 - Columnists

Kelowna is looking a little better now since Megan Ledarney opened up The Extensionist Salon downtown. This is her third location and her first in B.C. In 2010, Megan created a hand technique called VOGUEPEARL that uses no glues, adhesives, etc and causes zero damage to natural hair. Plus it lasts for 4-7 months. Kind of makes me want to bring […]

Chair chat with Heather
OYP Collective - Apr 14, 2017 - Columnists

What is life really like in the Okanagan? The Okanagan Young Professionals Collective set out to get the down low on Okanagan living straight from the locals. This is yet another instalment in a series of videos featuring real people talking about what they love and why they choose to live in the sunny Okanagan Valley. Heather Hoskins may […]

Spotlight on Shauna
Accelerate Okanagan - Apr 06, 2017 - Columnists

Accelerate Okanagan’s Venture Acceleration Program Client Spotlight highlights some of the program’s clients’ successes, challenges, and lets them share their entrepreneurial insights. This week, we hear from Shuana Stewart Douglas of Mommble. Recognizing a need in the market, Stewart Douglas created Mommble – an online, supportive platform that connects moms and mom communities to the resources they need. Here’s […]

Kelowna goes 3D
Kevin Lavigne - Mar 31, 2017 - Columnists

Mark Thompkins of Buzz Virtual Spaces has a cool, new product that everyone can use to enhance the way they do business. Buzz Virtual Spaces is not your traditional virtual tour because they are using a new form of immersive 3D media that invites you to explore a place as if you were really there. It can be […]

A new home for AO
Accelerate Okanagan - Mar 25, 2017 - Columnists

Accelerate Okanagan is moving. As of April 3 the tech accelerator’s new home will be in the Okanagan Centre for Innovation, at 201 – 460 Doyle Avenue. The Okanagan Centre for Innovation is a 9,830-square-metre facility in the heart of Kelowna’s Cultural District. The state-of-the-art building will house everything from two-person startups to large technology and innovation […]

StartUp Weekend recap
Accelerate Okanagan - Mar 21, 2017 - Columnists

It’s been a busy month for the Okanagan tech community. From the Regional Innovation Opportunities Tour, to Entrepreneurs Unplugged, to the official opening of the new Okanagan Centre for Innovation later this month, there’s no end in sight for the amount of tech-based fun you can have in the Okanagan. StartUp Weekend, which took place […]

The ‘Permanently Closed’ fix
Special to Okanagan Edge - Mar 07, 2017 - Columnists

Yesterday, I learned how Google incorrectly listed Kelowna’s Unless Market as permanently closed. For any other business struggling with this issue, I’ve written a simple guide to troubleshooting it. Google constantly makes changes to how they collect information and show it in search results, including local business information. When something happens in error, like with Unless […]