Local Business

Vernon’s Davison Orchards will be a stop on Season 8 of the Amazing Race Canada, where contestants have to make mini apple pies. (Facebook photo)

Vernon attraction featured on Amazing Race Canada

Contestants have to bake mini apple pies at Davison Orchards; show to be aired in July

 

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

 

The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra will close out its 2021-22 season with a salute to Beethoven in Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon. (File photo)

Okanagan orchestra salutes Beethoven

Final show of Okanagan Symphony season pays tribute to one of the masters of classical music

 

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

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

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)
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)
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)
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)
City of Vernon council will vote on whether to repeat last year’s summer closure of a block of main street at its meeting on April 11. (Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce photo)

Main street block closure could return in Vernon this summer

Council will vote on whether to repeat last summer’s block closure on April 11

City of Vernon council will vote on whether to repeat last year’s summer closure of a block of main street at its meeting on April 11. (Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce 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
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)
The former Temptasian Restaurant in Vernon’s north end will soon be home to the Cactus Club Cafe. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Cactus Club opening later this year in Vernon

Former Temptasion Restaurant will become one of the popular chain restaurants

The former Temptasian Restaurant in Vernon’s north end will soon be home to the Cactus Club Cafe. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation Ravi Kahlon
 was chided by Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce president Ken Dennis in a Friday, March 18 letter, for making what Dennis termed a ‘misleading’ statement about provincial government benefits for business during the pandemic. (file)

B.C. minister chided for ‘misleading’ statement about pandemic benefits for business

‘Our members have not been filling their pockets with free public money’

Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation Ravi Kahlon
 was chided by Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce president Ken Dennis in a Friday, March 18 letter, for making what Dennis termed a ‘misleading’ statement about provincial government benefits for business during the pandemic. (file)
Bernard Avenue in downtown Kelowna. (File photo)

Kelowna business organizations pleased with lifting of mandates

Chamber, Downtown Kelowna Association comment on no more mask mandates

Bernard Avenue in downtown Kelowna. (File photo)
Business of the Year recipients Jennifer and Peter Madsen with Oyama Zipline accept their award at the Lake Country 2021 Business Excellence Awards at Creekside Theatre March 3. 
(Isabella Austin/George Elliot Secondary student photo)

Awards honour best of Lake Country

Businesses and community service recognized by Chamber of Commerce

Business of the Year recipients Jennifer and Peter Madsen with Oyama Zipline accept their award at the Lake Country 2021 Business Excellence Awards at Creekside Theatre March 3. 
(Isabella Austin/George Elliot Secondary student photo)
After a two-year hiatus, the Community Expo organized by the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is set to return on Saturday, April 30, at Kal Tire Place North. (Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce photo)

Greater Vernon Community Expo returns

Local business event set to return Saturday, April 30, after two-year COVID hiatus

After a two-year hiatus, the Community Expo organized by the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is set to return on Saturday, April 30, at Kal Tire Place North. (Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce photo)