Local Business

What started out as craft idea for Armstrong couple Lori Winje and Audrey-Lynn Fraser may turn out to be a side gig for the pair, given the popular response to their T-shirt. (Facebook photo)

Armstrong housewives’ T-shirt demand growing

Many people clamoring for simple T-shirt with slogan that started out as craft idea

 

The Roxy Cafe has extended its patio into its parking spaces in order to keep dining options open during the latest pandemic health restrictions. (Downtown Vernon Association photo)

Consultation curbs downtown Vernon road closure

Closing ‘Main Street’ may not happen this summer

 

Spallumcheen councillors (from left) Todd York, Gerry Popoff, Christine LeMaire, John Bakker, Joe Van Tienhoven and Andrew Casson join Mayor Christine Fraser (fourth from left) in helping to proclaim the township open for business with new signage off Highway 97A. (Township of Spallumcheen photo)

Being open for business paying dividends for Spallumcheen

Township wins provincial award, new business and building starts increase

 

The Lake Country Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for four open director's positions on the board of directors. (Lake Country Chamber of Commerce)

COVID recovery: Lake Country to hire business engagement advisory

Money coming from Economic Trust of the Southern Interior

The Lake Country Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for four open director's positions on the board of directors. (Lake Country Chamber of Commerce)
The Wild Oak Cafe in Armstrong is one of the available squares in the Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce's Bingo game to support local businesses. (Facebook)

Bingo boosts Armstrong eateries

Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber launches #BoostOurBiz featuring bingo card which would win you prizes

The Wild Oak Cafe in Armstrong is one of the available squares in the Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce's Bingo game to support local businesses. (Facebook)
Vernon’s Allan Brooks Nature Centre opens for its 21st season Saturday, April 17. (ABNC photo)

New season set to bloom at Vernon nature centre

The Allan Brooks Nature Centre on Commonage Road celebrates its 21st season in 2021

Vernon’s Allan Brooks Nature Centre opens for its 21st season Saturday, April 17. (ABNC photo)
Soil microbiologist Kris Nichols is coming to the TRU Campus in Williams Lake on May 24 to discuss soil, farming and other related topics at a seminar. Black Press File Photo.

Vernon organics business looks to harvest Dragon’s Den dollars

BlueSky Organics lawn and garden products a popular product as COVID-19 prompts many to grow their own food

Soil microbiologist Kris Nichols is coming to the TRU Campus in Williams Lake on May 24 to discuss soil, farming and other related topics at a seminar. Black Press File Photo.
Ray Morin and Janet Cody are the owners of Olive Us Oil and Vinegar Tasting Room in Vernon, Lake Country and Salmon Arm. (photo submitted)

Vernon olive oil shop’s move online a hit amid pandemic

Olive Us Oil and Vinegar Tasting Room has shops in Vernon, Lake Country and Salmon Arm

Ray Morin and Janet Cody are the owners of Olive Us Oil and Vinegar Tasting Room in Vernon, Lake Country and Salmon Arm. (photo submitted)
Downtown Vernon’s The Fig has a few bistro tables outside and will remain open for pickup during B.C.’s ban on indoor dining. (The Fig photo)
Downtown Vernon’s The Fig has a few bistro tables outside and will remain open for pickup during B.C.’s ban on indoor dining. (The Fig photo)
Armstrong restaurants like the Station Diner on Pleasant Valley Boulevard have received the support of the city and Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce to use city sidewalks and parking spaces for patio service until April 19 in wake of the provincial health order update Monday, March 29. (Facebook photo)

Armstrong OKs sidewalk patios in wake of new orders

City throws support behind restaurants to allow expansion through to April 19

Armstrong restaurants like the Station Diner on Pleasant Valley Boulevard have received the support of the city and Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce to use city sidewalks and parking spaces for patio service until April 19 in wake of the provincial health order update Monday, March 29. (Facebook photo)
Donna Koch empowers women to stop holding back, and particularly stop being hard on themselves, as pictured at a 2020 Vernon Women in Business meeting. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Vernon coach empowering women to shed self-sabotage

After 31 years in the corporate world, she put her fears aside and is leading her best life

Donna Koch empowers women to stop holding back, and particularly stop being hard on themselves, as pictured at a 2020 Vernon Women in Business meeting. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Volunteers are needed for numerous roles at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre in Vernon for the 2021 seasons. (ABNC photo)

Volunteers needed for Vernon nature centre

Allan Brooks Nature Centre opens for new season on April 17

Volunteers are needed for numerous roles at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre in Vernon for the 2021 seasons. (ABNC photo)
Summit Tiny Homes, located in Vernon, has been named as a finalist for a provincial small business award. (Summit Tiny Homes)

Vernon company a People’s Choice favourite

Summit Tiny Homes among five finalists in People’s Choice category in Small Business BC awards

Summit Tiny Homes, located in Vernon, has been named as a finalist for a provincial small business award. (Summit Tiny Homes)
Blind Bay’s Shuswap Lake Estates Golf and Country Club is under new ownership. (Facebook photo)

New owners for Shuswap golf course

Karyn Bruschinsky and Ian Morrison have taken over Shuswap Lake Estates from the Barker family

Blind Bay’s Shuswap Lake Estates Golf and Country Club is under new ownership. (Facebook photo)
Tucker’s Restaurant on Okanagan Street in Armstrong is for sale. (Photo submitted)

Popular Armstrong restaurant for sale

Tucker’s Restaurant on Okanagan Street put up for sale by family who are moving on to next adventure

Tucker’s Restaurant on Okanagan Street in Armstrong is for sale. (Photo submitted)
Cameron Ezzy has his ducks trained as pest control officers. Through his business, Slugs N’ Bugs for Lunch, he will come to your home and rid your garden of slugs. Photo by Terry Farrell

VIDEO: B.C. entrepreneur opens pest control business with ducks as employees

Slugs n’ Bugs For Lunch will take care of your garden pests naturally

Cameron Ezzy has his ducks trained as pest control officers. Through his business, Slugs N’ Bugs for Lunch, he will come to your home and rid your garden of slugs. Photo by Terry Farrell
WorkBC’s Wage Subsidy program is designed to help North Okanagan employers receive funding to hire employees and grow their business. (Black Press file photo)
WorkBC’s Wage Subsidy program is designed to help North Okanagan employers receive funding to hire employees and grow their business. (Black Press file photo)
Vernon’s Okanagan Spring Brewery in partnership with Sleeman Breweries Ltd. has announced an $11.2-million expansion to the facility. (Google Maps)

Vernon brewery drafts $11.2M expansion plan

Okanagan Spring Brewery expansion to satisfy growing demand for cans

Vernon’s Okanagan Spring Brewery in partnership with Sleeman Breweries Ltd. has announced an $11.2-million expansion to the facility. (Google Maps)
The Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce has created a five-point COVID-19 recovery plan for its businesses and not-for-proft organizations. (Black Press file)
The Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce has created a five-point COVID-19 recovery plan for its businesses and not-for-proft organizations. (Black Press file)

Armstrong-Spallumcheen chamber rolls out recovery plan

Five-point plan is aimed at local businesses and not-for-profits impacted by COVID-19

The Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce has created a five-point COVID-19 recovery plan for its businesses and not-for-proft organizations. (Black Press file)
The Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce has created a five-point COVID-19 recovery plan for its businesses and not-for-proft organizations. (Black Press file)
Swan Lake Nurseryland Fruit Market and Garden Centre, a family-owned and operated facility for more than 60 years, and named 2017 Business of the Year at the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards, has been sold. (Facebook photo)

Vernon landmark under new ownership

Swan Lake Nurseryland sold after more than 60 years in same family; will become Swan Lake Market and Garden

Swan Lake Nurseryland Fruit Market and Garden Centre, a family-owned and operated facility for more than 60 years, and named 2017 Business of the Year at the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards, has been sold. (Facebook photo)