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Staycation Box featuring an Indian experience. (Contributed photo)

B.C. company aims to bring international vacation experience to front door

‘Staycation Boxes’ launched two months ago, includes food bank donation

Staycation Box featuring an Indian experience. (Contributed photo)
Vernon’s Davison Orchards says it is closing its pumpkin patch for the rest of the season after receiving notice from Interior Health that U-Pick Fields are classified as an Event. Pumpkins are still for sale at the orchard’s market. (Facebook photo)

Vernon orchard closes pumpkin field after IH notice

Interior Health tells Davison Orchards U-pick fields are an ‘event;’ pumpkins now sold at market

Vernon’s Davison Orchards says it is closing its pumpkin patch for the rest of the season after receiving notice from Interior Health that U-Pick Fields are classified as an Event. Pumpkins are still for sale at the orchard’s market. (Facebook photo)
COVID-19 case at Vernon mall

COVID-19 case at Vernon mall

Village Green Centre tenants alerted to a positive case among an employee at one of the outlets

COVID-19 case at Vernon mall
Allan Brooks Nature Centre manager Cheryl Hood welcomes guests to check out the new log structure, donated by Mardan Enterprises and Nokomis Landscaping, at the entrance to the centre, which opens to the public under strict COVID-19 rules Wednesday, July 1. The log structure is one of several new items to the centre, celebrating its 20th anniversary. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Vernon nature centre celebrates 20 years

Popular attraction opens July 1 with new play area, view boards and displays, and COVID rules

Allan Brooks Nature Centre manager Cheryl Hood welcomes guests to check out the new log structure, donated by Mardan Enterprises and Nokomis Landscaping, at the entrance to the centre, which opens to the public under strict COVID-19 rules Wednesday, July 1. The log structure is one of several new items to the centre, celebrating its 20th anniversary. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Stunning views are just part of what’s on the menu at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre this summer, as the centre will host four auctioned Dinner Under the Stars evenings. The events will feature different menus from local chefs and will be for eight people. (Morning Star - file photo)

Vernon nature centre auctioning off dinner under the stars

Allan Brooks Nature Centre coming up with creative ways to raise funds during COVID-19 times

Stunning views are just part of what’s on the menu at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre this summer, as the centre will host four auctioned Dinner Under the Stars evenings. The events will feature different menus from local chefs and will be for eight people. (Morning Star - file photo)
Laura Cornale of Laura’s Coffee Corner currently has six employees, down from 16, because most would prefer to stay home and collect CERB, she said. (File photo)

Turning down work: CERB causing issues for some B.C. restaurants

‘It’s the most frustrating thing I’ve encountered, ever, in my life.’

Laura Cornale of Laura’s Coffee Corner currently has six employees, down from 16, because most would prefer to stay home and collect CERB, she said. (File photo)
While other distillers are bottling individual sizes of sanitizer, focusing on larger-size products lets Vancouver Island’s Shelter Point serve organizations like the RCMP, Department of National Defence, Fraser Health Authority, and school districts.

Vancouver Island distillery crafts sanitizer to meet Canadian need

Local know-how, economies of scale come together in Shelter Point sanitizer

  • Jun 8, 2020
While other distillers are bottling individual sizes of sanitizer, focusing on larger-size products lets Vancouver Island’s Shelter Point serve organizations like the RCMP, Department of National Defence, Fraser Health Authority, and school districts.
Many businesses have temporarily shuttered due to COVID-19, but as owners get the green light to reopen some aren’t sure they’ll be able to afford it. (Black Press Media files)

Low profits, few customers in post-pandemic recovery says B.C. business survey

About 43 per cent of businesses say they think they will need government incentives to continue operating

Many businesses have temporarily shuttered due to COVID-19, but as owners get the green light to reopen some aren’t sure they’ll be able to afford it. (Black Press Media files)
The owners of the boats which made up most of Waterway Houseboats’ rental fleet will be receiving their portion of the settlement due after flooding in 2012 temporarily crippled the business and eventually contributed to its receivership. (File photo)

Owners of Waterway houseboats receive $5,000 each after court decision

The award follows a court case which found the province and Sicamous partially responsible for flood damage

The owners of the boats which made up most of Waterway Houseboats’ rental fleet will be receiving their portion of the settlement due after flooding in 2012 temporarily crippled the business and eventually contributed to its receivership. (File photo)
Okanagan Spirits Master Distiller Peter Von Hahn has been working on his days off to provide sanitizer to those most at risk in the community. (Contributed)

Okanagan Spirits donating free sanitizer to those most at risk during COVID-19 pandemic

The Okanagan distillery’s spirits that would have become whisky or gin is now being denatured to make hand sanitizer

Okanagan Spirits Master Distiller Peter Von Hahn has been working on his days off to provide sanitizer to those most at risk in the community. (Contributed)
Bernard Avenue in Downtown Kelowna on March 26, 2020. (Contributed)

Kelowna takes action to protect businesses from crime during COVID-19 pandemic

Downtown Kelowna Association is stepping up foot patrol to ensure the safety of local businesses

Bernard Avenue in Downtown Kelowna on March 26, 2020. (Contributed)
Sanitization spread to Vernon’s most vulnerable

Sanitization spread to Vernon’s most vulnerable

Local business donates natural hand sanitizer to care homes, transition house, Mission

Sanitization spread to Vernon’s most vulnerable
Craft Beer Market is located at 257 Bernard Ave in Kelowna, B.C. (Contributed)

Craft Beer Market in Kelowna to help out staff affected by COVID-19 layoffs

CRAFT is giving 100% of all CRAFT gift card and apparel sales to staff affected by layoffs

Craft Beer Market is located at 257 Bernard Ave in Kelowna, B.C. (Contributed)
At least five breweries are continuing operations in Kelowna. (Contributed)

Where to grab a Kelowna craft beer during COVID-19 crisis

Craft breweries throughout Kelowna are selling beer in alternative fashions

At least five breweries are continuing operations in Kelowna. (Contributed)
Cheeba Cheebas Premium Cannabis has seen an increase in new clientele and larger product purchases. (Contributed)

‘What better time than now’: Pot sales on the rise in Kelowna

Local pot shops have seen an increase in new clientele due to COVID-19

Cheeba Cheebas Premium Cannabis has seen an increase in new clientele and larger product purchases. (Contributed)
Dawne Whelpley of Copy Cut Fashions is the first certified teacher to instruct a tissue fitting workshop in the Okanagan Valley. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)

Vernon sewing instructor teaches flawless fitting

Clothes for real curves made possible with Dawne Whelpley’s workshops

Dawne Whelpley of Copy Cut Fashions is the first certified teacher to instruct a tissue fitting workshop in the Okanagan Valley. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)