Local Business

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)
Grade 5 students from Ecole Beairsto Elementary helped Okanagan College’s Enactus team launch its new apple juice product while supporting its own breakfast program. (Okanagan College photo)

Vernon school benefits from college product

Beairsto students help pick apples for own program as part of Okanagan College’s Enactus initiative

Grade 5 students from Ecole Beairsto Elementary helped Okanagan College’s Enactus team launch its new apple juice product while supporting its own breakfast program. (Okanagan College photo)
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Vernon Teach and Learn has earned numerous awards throughout its family-owned and operated history. (Photo submitted)

Vernon’s guide for Christmas toy shopping locally rather than online

Local businesses need support during the pandemic, and they’ve also got the goods this holiday season

Vernon Teach and Learn has earned numerous awards throughout its family-owned and operated history. (Photo submitted)
Twelve new curbside pickup parking spots are now in effect along 30th Avenue in downtown Vernon. (Downtown Vernon Association photo)

Downtown Vernon curbside pick up parking now in drive

12 locations along 30th Avenue intended to help retail and dining sectors amid COVID-19

Twelve new curbside pickup parking spots are now in effect along 30th Avenue in downtown Vernon. (Downtown Vernon Association photo)
The staff at The Roster are excited to give back with the sports club’s Dish Out the Kindness fundraising initiative in support of the Upper Room Mission and the Starfish Backpack program. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Vernon sports club dishes out kindness

Upper Room Mission and Starfish Backpack Program will benefit from The Roster sales

The staff at The Roster are excited to give back with the sports club’s Dish Out the Kindness fundraising initiative in support of the Upper Room Mission and the Starfish Backpack program. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery released its  Limited Edition 2020 Cask Strength Laird of Fintry Single Malt Whisky Nov. 26, 2020. Profits from each bottle sold will go towards providing hot meals for local families in need. (Contributed)

Okanagan Spirits whiskey sales to provide hot meals for those in need

The distillery will contribute three hot meals for every Laird whiskey bottle sold

Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery released its  Limited Edition 2020 Cask Strength Laird of Fintry Single Malt Whisky Nov. 26, 2020. Profits from each bottle sold will go towards providing hot meals for local families in need. (Contributed)
Vernon Morning Star columnist Sam McNair kicks off his spotlight on small businesses with the Fig Bistro. (Sam McNair - contributed)

Small Business Spotlight: Vernon’s Fig Bistro keeps personal touch amid pandemic

Contributor Sam McNair kicks off small business series

  • Nov 27, 2020
Vernon Morning Star columnist Sam McNair kicks off his spotlight on small businesses with the Fig Bistro. (Sam McNair - contributed)
Armstrong-Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce has elected Sean Newton (right) of Stardust Gardens as the board of directors’ new president. (Morning Star - file photo)
Armstrong-Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce has elected Sean Newton (right) of Stardust Gardens as the board of directors’ new president. (Morning Star - file photo)
The VO2 Master Analyzer, developed by Vernon’s VO2 Master Health Sensors, is a wireless device that can measure a person’s cardiovascular fitness in virtually any exercise environment. (Contributed)

Vernon company develops cutting-edge device to track athletic performance

The VO2 Master Analyzer is touted as “the world’s most portable metabolic analyzer”

The VO2 Master Analyzer, developed by Vernon’s VO2 Master Health Sensors, is a wireless device that can measure a person’s cardiovascular fitness in virtually any exercise environment. (Contributed)
Vernon city councillors voted in favour of designated parking spots for curbside pickup in the downtown core Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

UPDATE: Vernon curbs COVID-19 impacts with pickup parking downtown

City of Vernon council votes in favour of curbside pickup spots downtown starting Dec. 1

Vernon city councillors voted in favour of designated parking spots for curbside pickup in the downtown core Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Dutch Love Cannabis opened its Lake Country location Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 in the Village Centre on Main Street. (Contributed)

Second legal cannabis store opens in Lake Country

Dutch Love Cannabis says it’s committed to combating the illicit market

Dutch Love Cannabis opened its Lake Country location Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 in the Village Centre on Main Street. (Contributed)
Vernon Community Dental Access Centre’s board of directors Bob Kersey, from left, Shannon Horton, Lesly McMillan, Mark Loland, Sharon Melanson, Robyn Rossworn, Laurie Vanderhorst and Vic Lepp celebrated the opening of their newest operatory on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. (Caitlin Clow - Morning Star file)

Vernon dental clinic adapts in COVID-19 pandemic

Vernon Community Dental Access Centre implements changes, appoints new president

Vernon Community Dental Access Centre’s board of directors Bob Kersey, from left, Shannon Horton, Lesly McMillan, Mark Loland, Sharon Melanson, Robyn Rossworn, Laurie Vanderhorst and Vic Lepp celebrated the opening of their newest operatory on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. (Caitlin Clow - Morning Star file)
The Vernon Innovation & Entrepreneur Workspace, or VIEW, opened Sept. 1 2020 in Vernon’s downtown core. The centre aims to provide a collaborative workspace for North Okanagan entrepreneurs, freelancers and creators. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

COVID-19: Vernon innovation centre cancels open house

Accelerate Okanagan calls off the in-person event at The VIEW, citing rise in Interior COVID-19 cases

The Vernon Innovation & Entrepreneur Workspace, or VIEW, opened Sept. 1 2020 in Vernon’s downtown core. The centre aims to provide a collaborative workspace for North Okanagan entrepreneurs, freelancers and creators. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Vernon-based Tolko Industries has announced a joint 50-50 partnership with the Jasper Lumber Company of Jasper, Alabama. (File photo)

Vernon lumber company partners with Alabama facility

Tolko Industries has announced 50-50 partnership with company in Jasper, Ala.

Vernon-based Tolko Industries has announced a joint 50-50 partnership with the Jasper Lumber Company of Jasper, Alabama. (File photo)
The Vernon Innovation & Entrepreneur Workspace, or VIEW, opened Sept. 1 2020 in Vernon’s downtown core. The centre aims to provide a collaborative workspace for North Okanagan entrepreneurs, freelancers and creators. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Vernon innovation hub to hold open house next week

The VIEW centre in downtown Vernon will be hosting 20-minute tours Tuesday, Nov. 17

The Vernon Innovation & Entrepreneur Workspace, or VIEW, opened Sept. 1 2020 in Vernon’s downtown core. The centre aims to provide a collaborative workspace for North Okanagan entrepreneurs, freelancers and creators. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
The Vaults is bringing its luxurious storage concept to Vernon’s 45th Avenue come spring 2021. (The Vaults)

The Vaults unlock luxury storage solutions in Vernon

Calgary-based company brings secured storage and Commerce development for business, toy collectors

The Vaults is bringing its luxurious storage concept to Vernon’s 45th Avenue come spring 2021. (The Vaults)
Little Tex announced it was closing in a social media post Nov. 4, 2020. (Google Maps)

Vernon Tex-Mex joint set to close

Series of events behind closure of popular restaurant

Little Tex announced it was closing in a social media post Nov. 4, 2020. (Google Maps)
Community Futures North Okanagan proudly presented Claudette Everitt with a Long Service Award for everything she’s done for the organization and community. (Photo submitted)

Vernon woman honoured for long service

Claudette Everitt has been a staple of Community Futures North Okanagan since its inception

Community Futures North Okanagan proudly presented Claudette Everitt with a Long Service Award for everything she’s done for the organization and community. (Photo submitted)
Heather and Sean Lastik became the owners of Cobbs Bread Bakery’s Vernon franchise Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. (Contributed)

New owners of Vernon’s Cobs Bread welcome trick-or-treaters

Heather and Sean Lastik want to give parents a safe trick-or-treating destination amid COVID-19

Heather and Sean Lastik became the owners of Cobbs Bread Bakery’s Vernon franchise Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. (Contributed)