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Armstrong flower shop says goodbye to beloved florist

Armstrong flower shop says goodbye to beloved florist

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

Armstrong flower shop says goodbye to beloved florist
Wood waste is saved from slash piles by turning it into pellets, which are used for heating homes, cat litter and more. (Black Press file photo)

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

Wood waste is saved from slash piles by turning it into pellets, which are used for heating homes, cat litter and more. (Black Press file photo)
Lumby’s Rusty Spur Tack, Feed & Pet store has opened a second location on Cliff Avenue in Enderby. The store’s grand opening was Saturday, Aug. 15. (Photo submitted)

Lumby tack store opens new Enderby location

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

Lumby’s Rusty Spur Tack, Feed & Pet store has opened a second location on Cliff Avenue in Enderby. The store’s grand opening was Saturday, Aug. 15. (Photo submitted)
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Marilyn Courtenay (left), owner of the Boarding House Cafe in Vernon, received a special visit from Natalia Shevchenko, winner of the Great Canadian Baking Show’s third season on Saturday, Aug. 15. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Celebrity baker gives Vernon cafe owner a sweet surprise

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

Marilyn Courtenay (left), owner of the Boarding House Cafe in Vernon, received a special visit from Natalia Shevchenko, winner of the Great Canadian Baking Show’s third season on Saturday, Aug. 15. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
The Greater Vernon Chamber handed out its Business Excellence Awards at a Godfather-themed gala in 2019, but this year’s event will be virtual. (Photo: SPROING; styling from Caravan Farm Theatre)

Nominations continue for Vernon Business Excellence Awards

Nominations for Greater Vernon Chamber awards in 10 categories open until Aug. 23

The Greater Vernon Chamber handed out its Business Excellence Awards at a Godfather-themed gala in 2019, but this year’s event will be virtual. (Photo: SPROING; styling from Caravan Farm Theatre)
Mi Taqueria Mexican Cantina is one of three food vendors that will be set up in the Village Green Hotel parking lot (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Tacos added to Vernon food truck lineup

Mi Taqueria Mexican Cantina opened Aug. 5 at the Village Green Hotel parking lot

Mi Taqueria Mexican Cantina is one of three food vendors that will be set up in the Village Green Hotel parking lot (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
The Greater Vernon Chamber handed out its Business Excellence Awards at a Godfather-themed gala in 2019, but this year’s event will be virtual. (Photo: SPROING; styling from Caravan Farm Theatre)

Vernon Chamber to recognize top businesses

Nominations open for business excellence awards, Now More Than Ever

The Greater Vernon Chamber handed out its Business Excellence Awards at a Godfather-themed gala in 2019, but this year’s event will be virtual. (Photo: SPROING; styling from Caravan Farm Theatre)
A new houseboat company has opened on the former Waterway property south of Sicamous. (Sicamous Houseboats/Facebook)

New houseboat company up and running on Shuswap Lake

Sicamous Houseboats has moved in to the former Waterway Houseboats property.

A new houseboat company has opened on the former Waterway property south of Sicamous. (Sicamous Houseboats/Facebook)
Wings Restaurant in Vernon holds colouring contests for its youthful patrons. (Photo submitted)

Vernon restaurant winging it with colour

Wings hosts colouring contests where child patrons can win gift certificates

Wings Restaurant in Vernon holds colouring contests for its youthful patrons. (Photo submitted)
A GoFundMe has been created by a loyal customer at Little Tex Bistro in Vernon, with the hopes of raising $25,000 to keep the business afloat amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The page was created Wednesday, July 8, 2020. (Morning Star file photo)

COVID-19: Fundraiser launched to keep Vernon restaurant afloat

A GoFundMe account has been set up for Little Tex Restaurant with a goal of $25,000

A GoFundMe has been created by a loyal customer at Little Tex Bistro in Vernon, with the hopes of raising $25,000 to keep the business afloat amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The page was created Wednesday, July 8, 2020. (Morning Star file photo)
Kon Kast is looking to develop the mine on Okanagan Centre Road West into an industrial project. (District of Lake Country map)

Lake Country mine makes way for industrial project

Council holds a special meeting to rezone property

Kon Kast is looking to develop the mine on Okanagan Centre Road West into an industrial project. (District of Lake Country map)
The tasting rooms at Enderby’s Waterside Vineyard and Winery are open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. (Waterside Vineyard and Winery photo)

Enderby winery well prepared for tastings amid pandemic

Waterside Vineyard and Winery has created an extensive COVID-19 safety plan

The tasting rooms at Enderby’s Waterside Vineyard and Winery are open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. (Waterside Vineyard and Winery photo)
The Kal, known for its vast wing flavour selection, is closing temporarily due to staff shortages. (Caitlin Clow - Morning Star)

Staff shortage closes Vernon pub

The Kal closes for at least one week due to COVID-19 related staffing challenges

The Kal, known for its vast wing flavour selection, is closing temporarily due to staff shortages. (Caitlin Clow - Morning Star)
Vernon’s new downtown FreshCo grocery store opened its doors to the public June 18, 2020, and manager Sean Watson said he’s excited to once again serve the community. (Brendan Shykora - Vernon Morning Star)

‘Nice to be open,’ says Vernon FreshCo manager

Seven months later, new grocery store opens doors to downtown community

Vernon’s new downtown FreshCo grocery store opened its doors to the public June 18, 2020, and manager Sean Watson said he’s excited to once again serve the community. (Brendan Shykora - Vernon Morning Star)
The Vernon Salvation Army has been made aware of an individual claiming to represent the organizations soliciting donations in the Harwood community June 18, 2020. (Stock)

Vernon Salvation Army warns of scam

An individual claiming to represent the organization is soliciting donations in Harwood community

The Vernon Salvation Army has been made aware of an individual claiming to represent the organizations soliciting donations in the Harwood community June 18, 2020. (Stock)
Vernon’s 24th Street Salvation Army Thrift Store is preparing to reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic on June 22, 2020. (Google Maps)

Vernon Salvation Army thrift store ready to reopen

‘We are excited to get back to business,’ says Lt. Stefan Reid

Vernon’s 24th Street Salvation Army Thrift Store is preparing to reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic on June 22, 2020. (Google Maps)
Lakestone, the master-planned Lake Country community by the Macdonald Development Corporation, was selected as the national winner of Community Development of the Year in the Canadian Homebuilders Association’s 2020 National Awards. (MDC photo)

Lake Country community captures national award

Lakestone honoured with national award at Canadian Home Builders Association’s annual event

Lakestone, the master-planned Lake Country community by the Macdonald Development Corporation, was selected as the national winner of Community Development of the Year in the Canadian Homebuilders Association’s 2020 National Awards. (MDC photo)
Wings Restaurant employees welcome the return of the facility’s large stuffed bear that greets customers at the Vernon business. The bear went on an unplanned escape from the business Saturday, June 13, and was returned unharmed with a note. (Photo submitted)

Vernon restaurant bear returned safely after good time

Note accompanies return of Wings stuff bear who was taken and, allegedly, had a great time

Wings Restaurant employees welcome the return of the facility’s large stuffed bear that greets customers at the Vernon business. The bear went on an unplanned escape from the business Saturday, June 13, and was returned unharmed with a note. (Photo submitted)
Big city development underway in Vernon

Big city development underway in Vernon

Road widening, paving and pathway could disrupt traffic for weeks

Big city development underway in Vernon
A lone unnamed protester stands on the corner of 30th Avenue and Highway 97 in Vernon June 4, 2020, in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests across Canada and the United States. (Brendan Shykora - Vernon Morning Star)

Black Lives Matter protester stands alone in Vernon

Rumblings of a citywide protest continue across social media platforms

A lone unnamed protester stands on the corner of 30th Avenue and Highway 97 in Vernon June 4, 2020, in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests across Canada and the United States. (Brendan Shykora - Vernon Morning Star)