Local Business

The first cruise ship of the 2019 season – the Celebrity Eclipse – docks in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

Tourism spending in Canada dropped by almost 50 per cent in 2020

Tourism-related jobs dropped by almost 29 per cent

(File photo)

Man launches volunteer-based delivery service to support Penticton restaurants

Service aims to help restaurants move away from delivery apps; volunteers, owners encouraged to join

Penticton’s Bad Tattoo Brewing is expanding its business to Kelowna later this summer. (Bad Tattoo Brewing/Instagram)

Penticton’s Bad Tattoo Brewing will expand to Kelowna this summer

Scheduled to open in early July, the new brewpub will be located in the city’s brewery district

Victoria’s Fairmont Empress hotel closed for three months in late 2020, early 2021, to undergo renovations in leveraging slower hotel traffic because of COVID-19 restrictions. A new report from Statistics Canada find many businesses in the accommodation and food services sector are bracing for another tough year. (Courtesy of Fairmont Empress hotel)

Survey finds Canada’s hospitality industry has low expectations for year ahead

Almost 87 per cent of businesses in accommodation and food services report lower revenues in 2020

Victoria’s Fairmont Empress hotel closed for three months in late 2020, early 2021, to undergo renovations in leveraging slower hotel traffic because of COVID-19 restrictions. A new report from Statistics Canada find many businesses in the accommodation and food services sector are bracing for another tough year. (Courtesy of Fairmont Empress hotel)
Amanda McPhail shows off a work-in-progress at McPhail Kilt Makers located in the Cannery Trade Centre. The McPhails are a large part of the Penticton Scottish Festival, both with their business and as competitors in various fields. (Western News file photo)
Amanda McPhail shows off a work-in-progress at McPhail Kilt Makers located in the Cannery Trade Centre. The McPhails are a large part of the Penticton Scottish Festival, both with their business and as competitors in various fields. (Western News file photo)
Dahlia and Derek Millington have been hard at work turning the old Post Office building in Okanagan Falls into their new Little Falls Foods grocery. They're aiming to have it open in early May. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Okanagan Falls is getting a grocery store once again

Little Falls Foods will open in the former post office building

Dahlia and Derek Millington have been hard at work turning the old Post Office building in Okanagan Falls into their new Little Falls Foods grocery. They're aiming to have it open in early May. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
The Penticton Speedway has been sold but the investment group who bought it is planning to create an enhanced racetrack and racing experience. (File photo)

Penticton Speedway sold and staying as a racetrack

Investment group that includes founder of Area 27 intends to buy the Speedway

The Penticton Speedway has been sold but the investment group who bought it is planning to create an enhanced racetrack and racing experience. (File photo)
The Starbucks at Cherry Lane mall was closed permanently on Feb. 1, leaving two drive-thrus locations in Penticton. (Monique Tamminga - Western News)

Starbucks is permanently closed at Cherry Lane mall

The Seattle-based company closed two stores in Penticton, keeps drive-thru locations open

The Starbucks at Cherry Lane mall was closed permanently on Feb. 1, leaving two drive-thrus locations in Penticton. (Monique Tamminga - Western News)
Pennask Wind Farm. (Contributed)

Two Okanagan wind farms sold to Calgary-based company

Canadian Power has agreed to purchase Okanagan Wind’s two local wind farms

Pennask Wind Farm. (Contributed)
Jamie and Tanisha Out and Toni Starkell are the team behind Forage General, a floral, coffee and gift shop located in downtown Salmon Arm at the corner of Alexander Street and the Trans-Canada Highway. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

VIDEO: Salmon Arm trio open small business with big city feel

Forage General offers flowers, coffee and a variety of unique gifts

Jamie and Tanisha Out and Toni Starkell are the team behind Forage General, a floral, coffee and gift shop located in downtown Salmon Arm at the corner of Alexander Street and the Trans-Canada Highway. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
The Oliver Feedway opened in Oliver on Monday. The Penticton based company expanded into Oliver this week with plans to open another Feedway in late February. (Dianne Crittenden Facebook)

New animal feed store opens in Oliver, Keremeos next

Penticton Feedway expanded to fill the needs in rural communities

The Oliver Feedway opened in Oliver on Monday. The Penticton based company expanded into Oliver this week with plans to open another Feedway in late February. (Dianne Crittenden Facebook)
Head Brewer Kody Rosentreter, owner Wes Greve and taproom manager Lisa Deleo celebrated North Basin Brewing’s grand opening Jan. 22 and 23, 2020. (Contributed)

Osoyoos’ first microbrewery celebrates grand opening

The brewery hopes to show that the Okanagan is more than just wine country

Head Brewer Kody Rosentreter, owner Wes Greve and taproom manager Lisa Deleo celebrated North Basin Brewing’s grand opening Jan. 22 and 23, 2020. (Contributed)
Don Gigliotti’s soon-to-be-open Caffe d’Italia on Main Street in downtown Penticton will be the city’s first authentic Italian cafe. (Jesse Day - Western News)

A taste of Italy is coming to Penticton

Caffe d’Italia, a new authentic Italian cafe on Main Street, is preparing for opening day

Don Gigliotti’s soon-to-be-open Caffe d’Italia on Main Street in downtown Penticton will be the city’s first authentic Italian cafe. (Jesse Day - Western News)
Penticton City Hall. (File photo)

Council approves reduced tax increase for 2021

Residents and business will see less of an increase than the initial budget predicted

Penticton City Hall. (File photo)
Penticton City Hall. (File photo)

Penticton to look at lower electricity costs and tax increase in 2021

Council will be holding a special meeting on Dec. 10 on the budget change

Penticton City Hall. (File photo)
An affordable housing project proposed for 612 Main St. is asking for a zoning variance to go up five storeys instead of three. A public hearing on Monday had varied opinions. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

City allows five storeys for affordable housing project

The developer will still need to seek and receive a development permit with their plans

An affordable housing project proposed for 612 Main St. is asking for a zoning variance to go up five storeys instead of three. A public hearing on Monday had varied opinions. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Sample local wines while getting your holiday shopping done this year at select South Okanagan wineries.(Black Press Media file photo)

Annual ‘Holiday Cheer’ event offers Pentictonites a chance to sip and shop

The Heart of Wine Country is bringing back its annual event at member wineries

Sample local wines while getting your holiday shopping done this year at select South Okanagan wineries.(Black Press Media file photo)
Farmhouse Deli will be one of the vendors at the new OK Falls winter market, offering preserves, baked goods, frozen soups and more. (Contributed)

New winter market set to launch in OK Falls

Yes, there will be ugly Christmas sweaters

Farmhouse Deli will be one of the vendors at the new OK Falls winter market, offering preserves, baked goods, frozen soups and more. (Contributed)
Super Shopper Club is coming to Penticton. (Contributed)

‘Amazon of the Okanagan’ comes to Penticton

New by locals for locals online marketplace aims to support Okanagan businesses

Super Shopper Club is coming to Penticton. (Contributed)
(Penticton Beer Week)

Penticton breweries launch collaboration beer in celebration of Beer Week

‘The Penticton Seven’ is described as a hazy pale ale with Ekuanot and El Dorado hops

(Penticton Beer Week)