Okanagan Biz

Online wine sales humming
Casey Richardson - Jul 31, 2020 - Okanagan Biz

Wineries in the Okanagan have been experiencing a change in sales strategies as online purchasing grows and tasting rooms have bookings more tailored to serious buyers. COVID-19 forced closures of tasting rooms and on-site sales for much of the spring and early summer, but demand for Okanagan wine did not diminish. “Our online sales have exploded, and they […]

Wine country rules nation
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jul 31, 2020 - Okanagan Biz

Thompson Okanagan wines dominated the recent All Canadian Wine Championships, which were held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Awards were handed out in 51 categories, and the Thompson Okanagan region accounted for 32 double gold winners. That works out to a sparkling 63% of all double gold winners. A total of 130 […]

Covert Farms adjusts course
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jul 31, 2020 - Okanagan Biz

The winery that bills itself as the most family friendly one in the Okanagan has reopened after making some changes to its operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Covert Farms, which is located near Oliver, launched new tours and kid-approved adventures this week while prioritizing the safety, comfort and well-being of its patrons. “We are […]

Loans for female entrepreneurs
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jul 31, 2020 - Okanagan Biz

The federal government is providing loans of up to $40,000 for businesses run by women to help them combat the effects of COVID-19. Regional Relief and Recovery Fund applications are now open, and Kelowna’s Women’s Enterprise Centre wants to make businesses aware of the opportunity. The maximum assistance is $40,000, and there is 0% interest […]

Most excellent businesses wanted
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jul 31, 2020 - Okanagan Biz

 The pandemic will not stop Kelowna Chamber of Commerce from handing out its annual business excellence awards this year. In fact, the awards will reflect some of those who have been able to persevere through one of the worst financial periods in decades. “Excellence is still at the top of our events roster,” chamber […]

Arts school finds new home
Casey Richardson - Jul 31, 2020 - Okanagan Biz

The Okanagan School of the Arts has announced its new offices at Cowork Penticton after previously being evicted from Shatford Centre. OSA was able to survive thanks to the city paying for its utilities while it was transitioning with a grant totalling $47,000 back in 2019 and support from the community. The art school says its new home base will allow it […]

Breaking down gas prices
Wayne Moore - Jul 30, 2020 - Okanagan Biz

It’s no secret the No. 1 complaint among motorists is what they see as price gouging at the gas pumps. Why do prices seem to always rise before a long weekend? Why do prices seem to rise quickly when the world price of oil goes up, but fall slowly when the barrel price goes down? […]

Top 40: Justina Lee-Stolz
Contributed - Jul 30, 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 […]

Legacy Group criticizes city
Wayne Moore - Jul 30, 2020 - Okanagan Biz

A grassroots Kelowna group is taking the city to task for its decision to enter into a 99-year lease to develop the former RCMP detachment site on Doyle Avenue. The city announced last month it had entered into the long-term lease with RISE Developments for $7 million. The company would, in turn, construct a mixed-use […]

Trump gets more oil flowing
The Canadian Press - Jul 30, 2020 - Okanagan Biz

CALGARY — The CEO of TC Energy Corp. says the company will begin moving more oil from Western Canada into the United States by next year under a new U.S. presidential permit for the existing Keystone pipeline system. The permit quietly issued on Wednesday by the Trump administration allows capacity on Keystone to increase by […]