Local Business

North Okanagan Skin and Laser has adapted to COVID-19 by adding an e-store to its website and switching to paperless operations. (Morning Star photo)

Vernon medical spa draws positives from pandemic

North Okanagan Skin and Laser launches e-store, switches to paperless operations

Vernon’s Okanagan Spring Brewery rolled out its first product – Premium Lager – 35 years ago on Oct. 19, 1985. (Google Maps)

Cheers to Vernon’s Okanagan Spring Brewery

Company produced first brew 35 years ago on Oct. 19, 1985

Jim Lenton of Modern PURAIR’s Vernon franchise, providing HVAC cleaning and other air quality services throughout the North Okanagan. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Vernon business sees higher demand for clean indoor air

Vernon’s Modern PURAIR performing more HVAC cleaning services during pandemic

Copy Cut Fashions is offering sewing lessons again starting Oct. 28, 2020. (Contributed)

Vernon sewing studio takes advantage of COVID-19 pause

Copy Cut Fashions owner Dawne Whelpley made the most of quarantine

Copy Cut Fashions is offering sewing lessons again starting Oct. 28, 2020. (Contributed)
Miska Haven Bed & Breakfast, located east of Enderby along the Shuswap River, has kept busy with guests from closer to home in 2020. (Contributed)

‘Staycation’ spike keeps North Okanagan bed and breakfasts bustling

Owners say locals have been filling the void left by fewer travellers from afar during the pandemic

Miska Haven Bed & Breakfast, located east of Enderby along the Shuswap River, has kept busy with guests from closer to home in 2020. (Contributed)
Willms Electrical Contracting Ltd. has seen its renovation projects double in 2020 as North Okanagan residents forgo travelling amid COVID-19, in favour of working on the home. (Contributed)

Vernon business flourishing as pandemic leads home renovation spike

‘Our renovations have increased by double,’ says Graham Willms, owner of Willms Electrical Contracting

Willms Electrical Contracting Ltd. has seen its renovation projects double in 2020 as North Okanagan residents forgo travelling amid COVID-19, in favour of working on the home. (Contributed)
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Accelerate Okanagan is launching the Digital Economy: Rapid Response + Resiliency (DER3) Program in response to COVID-19. The program will help businesses from Salmon Arm to Osoyoos enter or expand into the increasingly online economy. (Contributed)

Get web savvy: New program schools Okanagan businesses

Accelerate Okanagan is offering its DER3 program in response to COVID-19

Accelerate Okanagan is launching the Digital Economy: Rapid Response + Resiliency (DER3) Program in response to COVID-19. The program will help businesses from Salmon Arm to Osoyoos enter or expand into the increasingly online economy. (Contributed)
Noodlelegs Health and Fitness offers a variety of classes, including Nordic Pole Walking which took place Tuesday, Oct. 6. (Caitlin Clow - Morning Star)

Vernon business focuses on fun in workouts

Noodlelegs Health and Fitness targets those who need extra boost

Noodlelegs Health and Fitness offers a variety of classes, including Nordic Pole Walking which took place Tuesday, Oct. 6. (Caitlin Clow - Morning Star)

Second cannabis store could crop up in Lake Country

Lightbox Enterprises applying for recreational cannabis license

Small Business Week goes virtual in Okanagan

Community Futures hosts valley-wide development workshops

North Okanagan cannabis company in bankruptcy

True Leaf Cannabis Inc. owns 18,000-square-foot facility in Lumby

Downtown Vernon Association introduces new, familiar face

Peter Kaz is the association’s new marketing, communications and promotions director

Vernon business development group seeks new members

Community Futures North Okanagan’s Business Exchange meets bi-monthly

Vernon entrepreneur gives second-hand tees a new purpose

Edie Jorgenson’s creative business turns unused T-shirts into eco-friendly shoulder bags

Vernon company scores global award

Rotech Motor Ltd. named ROTAX Engines Distributor of the Year, beating out European powers

Armstrong flower shop says goodbye to beloved florist

Susan Hayes is retiring after 23 years at the Armstrong Flower and Gift Shoppe

Wood waste funds keep jobs running at Lavington plant

Pinnacle grants turn wood waste into pellets instead of slash piles, keeping workers employed in off season

Lumby tack store opens new Enderby location

The Rusty Spur Tack, Feed and Pet opened on Cliff Avenue Saturday, Aug. 15

Celebrity baker gives Vernon cafe owner a sweet surprise

Natalia Shevchenko was crowned queen of the Great Canadian Baking Show, Season 3, last fall