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Thirty-four unionized workers represented by MoveUp started rotating job action at VantageOne Credit Union's two Vernon locations Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. Workers are calling for basic job protection and fair security. (Jennifer Smith - Vernon Morning Star)

VantageOne staff urged to take tentative deal in Vernon

It’s been more than one month since union workers went on strike

Thirty-four unionized workers represented by MoveUp started rotating job action at VantageOne Credit Union's two Vernon locations Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. Workers are calling for basic job protection and fair security. (Jennifer Smith - Vernon Morning Star)
Thirty-four unionized workers represented by MoveUp started rotating job action at VantageOne Credit Union's two Vernon locations Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. Workers are calling for basic job protection and fair security. (Jennifer Smith - Vernon Morning Star)

Vernon VantageOne workers back on the job following strike

Mediation continues as union and employer work on reaching an agreement

Thirty-four unionized workers represented by MoveUp started rotating job action at VantageOne Credit Union's two Vernon locations Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. Workers are calling for basic job protection and fair security. (Jennifer Smith - Vernon Morning Star)
Dastkar, a new furniture store in Vernon, features handmade, unique furniture carved from wood and inlaid with brass in the Chiniot style. The business located on 43rd Avenue was started in December 2020 but is currently unstaffed due to COVID-19 staffing shortages. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

PHOTOS: Vernon’s hidden handmade furniture store

Owners of Shahi Pakwan Indian restaurant opened the South Asian furniture store in December 2020

Dastkar, a new furniture store in Vernon, features handmade, unique furniture carved from wood and inlaid with brass in the Chiniot style. The business located on 43rd Avenue was started in December 2020 but is currently unstaffed due to COVID-19 staffing shortages. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
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Enderby chamber proposes new rural e-business training program

The program would help rural-area businesses expand using online tools and insights

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Kayley Letendre of Sugarbee’s Ice Cream makes her final pitch to the judges at the 2019 Enterprize Challenge showcase at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre. The 2021 Challenge is going ahead as a virtual event. (Kristin Froneman photo)

Vernon business challenge goes virtual for 2021

The Enterprize Challenge will be conducted in a virtual format

Kayley Letendre of Sugarbee’s Ice Cream makes her final pitch to the judges at the 2019 Enterprize Challenge showcase at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre. The 2021 Challenge is going ahead as a virtual event. (Kristin Froneman photo)
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New beginnings for longtime North Okanagan restaurateur

Dale Flowers left O’Keefe Ranch kitchen after 15 years to head the Overlander in Armstrong

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The Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce has created a hilarious Christmas season video to wish all happiness and peace throughout the season. (Rhythm Productions screen shot)

WATCH: Armstrong Spallumcheen chamber offers best wishes in music video

Hilarious video created by Rhythm Productions marks the 12 days of Christmas with a special cocktail

The Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce has created a hilarious Christmas season video to wish all happiness and peace throughout the season. (Rhythm Productions screen shot)
The new owner of the Riviera Plaza and Conference Centre – known for years as the Village Green Hotel – is looking for experience personnel to lease the hotel’s pub and/or restaurant. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Vernon hotel looking to lease pub, restaurant

Riviera Plaza and Conference Centre, aka the Village Green Hotel, looking for experience in lessee

The new owner of the Riviera Plaza and Conference Centre – known for years as the Village Green Hotel – is looking for experience personnel to lease the hotel’s pub and/or restaurant. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Board games, food and coffee remain hits at Marilyn Courtenay’s The Boarding House Café in downtown Vernon as she has successfully maintained her business through the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo submitted)

New Vernon entrepreneurs navigate through COVID times

FILL, Vernon’s refill store, and The Boarding House Café, come up with ways to stay operational

Board games, food and coffee remain hits at Marilyn Courtenay’s The Boarding House Café in downtown Vernon as she has successfully maintained her business through the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo submitted)
Vernon’s Ali and Jaye Siegmueller appeared on the Season 15 finale of CBC’s Dragon’s Den on Dec. 17, 2020, and left with a deal for $110,000 for 15 per cent of their self-started zero-waste business, Bottle None. (CBC/Dragon’s Den)

WATCH: Vernon sisters leave Dragon’s Den with a deal for their zero-waste company

Jaye and Ali Siegmueller left with a deal of $110K for 15 per cent of Bottle None company

Vernon’s Ali and Jaye Siegmueller appeared on the Season 15 finale of CBC’s Dragon’s Den on Dec. 17, 2020, and left with a deal for $110,000 for 15 per cent of their self-started zero-waste business, Bottle None. (CBC/Dragon’s Den)
Cheryl Witter (centre) and her staff at North End Spine and Sports Physiotherapy are celebrating Witter’s 25th anniversary as a Vernon physiotherapist. She and former husband Bob Powls started Powl-Witter Spine and Sport Dec. 18, 1995. (Photo submitted)

PHOTOS: Vernon physio clinic reaches quarter-century milestone

Cheryl Witter of Spine and Sport North End reflects on 25 years of serving Greater Vernon

Cheryl Witter (centre) and her staff at North End Spine and Sports Physiotherapy are celebrating Witter’s 25th anniversary as a Vernon physiotherapist. She and former husband Bob Powls started Powl-Witter Spine and Sport Dec. 18, 1995. (Photo submitted)
Vernon climber turned entrepreneur Catherine Pitura, 33, has launched The Conscious Climber, a business that makes tools to help climbers foster their mind-body connection. (Alex Coanda photo)

Mind Over Matter: Vernon entrepreneur creates motivational rock climbing gear

Catherine Pitura’s Mind Tools are designed to help climbers tap into the power of positive thinking

Vernon climber turned entrepreneur Catherine Pitura, 33, has launched The Conscious Climber, a business that makes tools to help climbers foster their mind-body connection. (Alex Coanda photo)
Triumph Coffee had hoped to create an outdoor patio space in the accessible parking stall in front of its business, but the City of Vernon has curbed those plans. (Triumph photo)

Vernon coffee shop bid for patio space curbed

Triumph wanted to expand into accessible stall but was denied

Triumph Coffee had hoped to create an outdoor patio space in the accessible parking stall in front of its business, but the City of Vernon has curbed those plans. (Triumph photo)
Sun Dial Lighting has been in operation in Vernon for the past 75 years. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)

Bright future for Vernon lighting business

Former Olympic skiers buy company as 25-year owner Rod Faust readies for retirement

Sun Dial Lighting has been in operation in Vernon for the past 75 years. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
Thirty-four unionized workers represented by MoveUp started rotating job action at VantageOne Credit Union’s two Vernon locations Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. Workers are calling for basic job protection and fair security. (Jennifer Smith - Vernon Morning Star)

VantageOne open while Vernon workers on strike

Two branches previously closed due to job action have reopened

Thirty-four unionized workers represented by MoveUp started rotating job action at VantageOne Credit Union’s two Vernon locations Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. Workers are calling for basic job protection and fair security. (Jennifer Smith - Vernon Morning Star)
The Rice Box owner On Ouchs (right) is joined by special guest Driver Dispatcher delivery person Spiderman for a recent shift. Ouchs has started a hashtag campaign #ForkTheDishes to encourage support of local restaurants. (Facebook photo)

#ForkTheDishes to support local in the North Okanagan

Driver Dispatcher’s #ForkTheDishes campaign encourages support of local restaurants

The Rice Box owner On Ouchs (right) is joined by special guest Driver Dispatcher delivery person Spiderman for a recent shift. Ouchs has started a hashtag campaign #ForkTheDishes to encourage support of local restaurants. (Facebook photo)
With the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Vernon, Intermezzo has decided to close its dining room to customers, but remains open for takeout and delivery. (Intermezzo photo)

Vernon restaurant feels the sting of COVID-19, closes dining

In response to increased cases, Intermezzo ‘puts people first,’ only offering takeout

With the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Vernon, Intermezzo has decided to close its dining room to customers, but remains open for takeout and delivery. (Intermezzo photo)
Vernon’s Kyla Macaulay (left) and Calgary pal Marican Garcia have launched Taste Buddies Gourmet sauces, which are gluten-, dairy- and sugar-free products that can be used as dressings, dips and marinades. (Photo submitted)

Foodie friends from Vernon, Calgary stir up healthy sauces

Kyla Macaulay and Marican Garcia are the brain trust of Taste Buddies Gourmet

Vernon’s Kyla Macaulay (left) and Calgary pal Marican Garcia have launched Taste Buddies Gourmet sauces, which are gluten-, dairy- and sugar-free products that can be used as dressings, dips and marinades. (Photo submitted)
Speedy Glass, and Apple Auto Glass, were part of the Drive Pink Campaign through their parent company Belron Canada, raising funds across B.C. for the Canadian Cancer Society to support women in their community living with breast cancer. (Contributed)

Vernon glass shops install cancer funds

Drive Pink Campaign raises $9,000 in support of women living with breast cancer

Speedy Glass, and Apple Auto Glass, were part of the Drive Pink Campaign through their parent company Belron Canada, raising funds across B.C. for the Canadian Cancer Society to support women in their community living with breast cancer. (Contributed)
Open drug use and vagrancy at the former Legion building in downtown Vernon continues to be an issue. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Old Vernon Legion site finally gets a facelift

Demolition underway at property plagued by vandalism and vagrants

Open drug use and vagrancy at the former Legion building in downtown Vernon continues to be an issue. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)