Local Business

Penticton’s Wildstone Construction Group is among four Okanagan companies named among Canada’s Best Managed by Deloitte. (wildstone.com photo)

Four Okanagan companies named among Canada’s Best Managed

Two from Vernon, one each from Penticton and West Kelowna named to Deloitte’s Best Managed companies list

North Okanagan entrepreneurs aged 15 to 29 have wrapped up training through Community Futures North Okanagan’s Fresh Trax program. (File photo)

North Okanagan youth entrepreneurs making Trax

Business owners aged 15 to 29 complete training in Community Future’s Fresh Trax program

Coldstream’s Aria Hahn (second from left) and her partner, Brianna Blaney, (second from right) collect the $25,000 first prize in The Odlum Brown Forum Pitch Finale competition. (Contributed)

Coldstream entrepreneur collects competition cash

Aria Hahn and partner were grand prize winners of business pitch event in Vancouver

Armstrong’s Cam Malkinson takes time to stop and smell the yellow Solano variety at the first Bloom Sunflower Festival in Spallumcheen in 2021 while Vernon’s Cassidy Bruce (centre) and Maddy Terleski also enjoy strolling through the flower fields. The event picked up the Rising Star award at the annual Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce Community Excellence Awards Wednesday, May 4. (Morning Star - file photo)

Community excellence honoured in Armstrong-Spallumcheen

Annual Excellence Awards, presented by chamber of commerce, announced Wednesday night, May 4

Armstrong’s Cam Malkinson takes time to stop and smell the yellow Solano variety at the first Bloom Sunflower Festival in Spallumcheen in 2021 while Vernon’s Cassidy Bruce (centre) and Maddy Terleski also enjoy strolling through the flower fields. The event picked up the Rising Star award at the annual Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce Community Excellence Awards Wednesday, May 4. (Morning Star - file photo)
Karen Penaluna isn’t letting the closure of Pint and Pie get her down as she looks for a smaller venue to open. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Karen Penaluna isn’t letting the closure of Pint and Pie get her down as she looks for a smaller venue to open. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
(Kingfisher Boats photo)

KingFisher Boats expands manufacturing plant in Vernon

The boat manufacturer is constructing two new buildings at its property at north end of Swan Lake

(Kingfisher Boats photo)
Olivia Butler of Conspiracy Cosmetics (centre) took home first place and a prize package valued at $20,000 in the 2022 Enterprize Challenge Wednesday, April 27. (Celena S Photography)

PHOTOS: The Butler did it – Cosmetics company wins Vernon Enterprize Challenge

Olive Butler and Conspiracy Cosmetics win top prize of $20,000+ in business competition

Olivia Butler of Conspiracy Cosmetics (centre) took home first place and a prize package valued at $20,000 in the 2022 Enterprize Challenge Wednesday, April 27. (Celena S Photography)
Kal Tire Place North in Vernon will host the 2022 Expo Saturday. (Photo contributed)

Vernon Expo explodes with all things local

North Okanagan businesses, non-profits, governments, family fun, prizes and more

Kal Tire Place North in Vernon will host the 2022 Expo Saturday. (Photo contributed)
Adrianna Stange (top left), James Stuart, Stephlynne, and Leanna Makysmik have been announced as 2022 Enterprize Challenge finalists. They will appear next to three other finalists to make their final pitches at the Vernon and Districte Arts Centre Wednesday, April 27, 2022. (Submitted photos)

More North Okanagan Enterprize Challenge finalists announced

Seven entrepreneurs will compete in a live at Vernon’s Performing Arts Centre Wednesday

Adrianna Stange (top left), James Stuart, Stephlynne, and Leanna Makysmik have been announced as 2022 Enterprize Challenge finalists. They will appear next to three other finalists to make their final pitches at the Vernon and Districte Arts Centre Wednesday, April 27, 2022. (Submitted photos)
Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce directors and staff will hand out the annual Business Excellence Awards Wednesday, May 4, at the Farmstrong Cider Co. A record 101 nominations were received. (Chamber file photo)

Record number of nominations for Armstrong, Spall awards

A total of 101 nominations received for 10 awards as the local chamber hosts the business excellence awards May 4

Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce directors and staff will hand out the annual Business Excellence Awards Wednesday, May 4, at the Farmstrong Cider Co. A record 101 nominations were received. (Chamber file photo)
Brian and Corinne Misko, owners of House of Q Foods based in Vernon, took home honours from the National BBQ Association’s Awards of Excellence in Texas April 19, 2022. (Kevin Clark Studios)

Vernon-based BBQ sauce earns Texas nod of approval

House of Q Foods placed in three categories at the NBBQA’s annual awards

Brian and Corinne Misko, owners of House of Q Foods based in Vernon, took home honours from the National BBQ Association’s Awards of Excellence in Texas April 19, 2022. (Kevin Clark Studios)
Enterprize Challenge finalists (from left) Louis Saitowitz, Okanagan Foothills Poultry; Olive Butler, Conspiracy Cosmetics; and Sean Ling-Allen, Centred Pilates Studio. (Contributed)

Enterprize Challenge finalists announced for North Okanagan

Seven entrepreneurs to compete in Dragon’s Den-style pitch live at Performing Arts Centre

Enterprize Challenge finalists (from left) Louis Saitowitz, Okanagan Foothills Poultry; Olive Butler, Conspiracy Cosmetics; and Sean Ling-Allen, Centred Pilates Studio. (Contributed)
Accelerate Okanagan has partnered with Prospera Credit Union to offer Level Up Local grants, a new grant program to help small to medium-sized Okanagan businesses embrace technology amid the pandemic. (Submitted photo)

Grants up for grabs to help small Okanagan businesses go digital

Small to medium-sized businesses and entrepreneurs can now apply for a Level Up Local grant

Accelerate Okanagan has partnered with Prospera Credit Union to offer Level Up Local grants, a new grant program to help small to medium-sized Okanagan businesses embrace technology amid the pandemic. (Submitted photo)
Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery raised more than $25,000 for the Ukraine Emergency Fund through vodka sales, the distillery announced Tuesday, April 12, 2022. (Submitted photo)

Okanagan distillery raises $25K for Ukraine through vodka sales

Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery donated 100 per cent of March vodka proceeds to the Ukraine Emergency Fund

Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery raised more than $25,000 for the Ukraine Emergency Fund through vodka sales, the distillery announced Tuesday, April 12, 2022. (Submitted photo)
Wine Industry job fair at Naramata Centre April 10 from 9 to 4 p.m. (File photo)

South Okanagan wine industry hosts job fair in Naramata today

Wineries, restaurants and tour companies are hiring

Wine Industry job fair at Naramata Centre April 10 from 9 to 4 p.m. (File photo)
Minister of Defence Anita Anand reaches to congratulate Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland after she delivered the federal budget in the House of Commons as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Liberal Members of Parliament look on, Thursday, April 7, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Budget admirable, but lacking detail: Vernon Chamber

Con: lack of debt relief for COVID-impacted businesses; Pro: child care investments and skilled trades training

Minister of Defence Anita Anand reaches to congratulate Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland after she delivered the federal budget in the House of Commons as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Liberal Members of Parliament look on, Thursday, April 7, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Vernon’s Elephant Services announced it has acquired the assets of All In Bin Rentals Thursday, April 7, 2022. (Submitted photo)

Vernon storage company goes ‘all in’ on garbage bin rentals

Elephant Services has acquired the assets of All In Bin Rentals

Vernon’s Elephant Services announced it has acquired the assets of All In Bin Rentals Thursday, April 7, 2022. (Submitted photo)
Popular SilverStar Mountain Resort establishment Long John’s Pub will soon be under new managers as the two Johns - Earl and Kane - are retiring after the final weekend of the season. The pair have been involved with the facility for 21 years. (longjohnspub.com)

Vernon pub managers long for retirement

John Kane and John Earl of Long John’s Pub on SilverStar Mountain are retiring after the final weekend

Popular SilverStar Mountain Resort establishment Long John’s Pub will soon be under new managers as the two Johns - Earl and Kane - are retiring after the final weekend of the season. The pair have been involved with the facility for 21 years. (longjohnspub.com)
Outboard Pub

New owners for lakefront Vernon pub to add wedding venue

Former Outboard Pub reopens in May as 1516 Pub and Grill

Outboard Pub
The Grand House of Photography is the newest space to grace downtown Vernon. (Dawn Mace photo)

Grand House of Photography captures creativity in Vernon

Studio puts fine art photography in focus, offers studio and editing space

The Grand House of Photography is the newest space to grace downtown Vernon. (Dawn Mace photo)