Local Business

Valley First has donated between $10,000 and $25,000 to four different organizations as part of its Simple Generosity program. (Contributed)

Credit union cash helps Okanagan businesses

Valley First donates between $10,000 and $25,000 to four separate organizations to help businesses grow

Accelerate Okanagan has received $275,000 from the federal government, funding that will support the creation of new and improved capital training activities for entrepreneurs over the next two years. The funding was announced Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. (Submitted photo)

New funding accelerates opportunities for Okanagan investors

Accelerate Okanagan has received $275,000 to support capital training activities for entrepreneurs

Amanda Homeniuk, owner of Vernon’s Kaleco, is one of 450 women whose businesses are featured on WeBC’s new virtual pop-up shop, which is open until Jan. 3, 2022. (Submitted photo)

New virtual pop-up shop boosts Okanagan women in business

The online shop features more than 450 women-led businesses in B.C.

Anita’s Organic Mill co-owner Taylor Gemmel outside the Chilliwack location. (Michelle Gemmel submitted file photo)

Nature’s Path acquires majority interest in Chilliwack organic food business

Largest organic cereal and snack maker buys into Anita’s Organic Mill

Anita’s Organic Mill co-owner Taylor Gemmel outside the Chilliwack location. (Michelle Gemmel submitted file photo)
Vernon-based Tolko Industries Ltd. has again partnered with the Orange Shirt Society for an annual art contest. (Tolko photo)

Vernon company draws up Orange Shirt Day contest

Tolko Industries renews partnership for art contest with Orange Shirt Society

Vernon-based Tolko Industries Ltd. has again partnered with the Orange Shirt Society for an annual art contest. (Tolko photo)
Lake Country’s Block One Restaurant at 50th Parallel Winery has been named as one of the top 100 locations in Canada for outdoor dining in the first list compiled by opentable.com. (OpenTable photo)

Okanagan restaurants featured in outdoor dining top 100 list

Two from Vernon, West Kelowna and Penticton and one from Lake Country named in top 100 outdoor dining venues by opentable.com

Lake Country’s Block One Restaurant at 50th Parallel Winery has been named as one of the top 100 locations in Canada for outdoor dining in the first list compiled by opentable.com. (OpenTable photo)
The finalists have been announced for the 34th annual

Penticton Chamber announces finalists for 2021 business excellence awards

Award winners will be announced at the Chamber’s Starry Night event Oct. 2

The finalists have been announced for the 34th annual
Pentiction Nissian raises money every June through their operation 100 campaign (Image from Facebook)

Penticton Nissan donates $5,200 to local charity Dragonfly Pond Family Society

The dealership raised this money through their second annual operation 100 fundraiser

Pentiction Nissian raises money every June through their operation 100 campaign (Image from Facebook)
Fruit like cherries were scorched by the heat dome. Parsons Farm Market in Keremeos said their cherries were hurt by the heat. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Heatwave wreaks havoc on Similkameen Valley

Fruit growers felt the heat and wineries weren’t far behind

Fruit like cherries were scorched by the heat dome. Parsons Farm Market in Keremeos said their cherries were hurt by the heat. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Jeremy Welder, BGC Okanagan CEO (left) and Jarrod Stocker, BGC Okanagan Facilities and Transportation Manager (right) painted the door leading to the youth shelter at the Downtown Youth Centre in Kelowna. (Submitted photo)

BGC Okanagan receives massive donation to help fight youth homelessness

The organization painted their door orange as part of Home Depot’s Orange Door Project

Jeremy Welder, BGC Okanagan CEO (left) and Jarrod Stocker, BGC Okanagan Facilities and Transportation Manager (right) painted the door leading to the youth shelter at the Downtown Youth Centre in Kelowna. (Submitted photo)
Burrowing Owl has purchased of Wild Goose Winery. (Submitted)

Burrowing Owl acquires Wild Goose Winery

Wild Goose just won best white wine in All Canadian championships

Burrowing Owl has purchased of Wild Goose Winery. (Submitted)
Trevor Guerard of Guerards’ Fine Furniture in downtown Penticton sits with Dianna Bright in April, 2021, a Penticton resident who made the winning bid for the two luxury recliners they are sitting on with all funds raised going to Pathways. Guerard’s Fine Furniture is one of the nominees for 2021’s Chamber Business Excellence Awards.(Submitted)

Penticton Chamber announces nominees for 2021 awards

The 34th annual Business Excellence Awards are now in the judges’ hands

Trevor Guerard of Guerards’ Fine Furniture in downtown Penticton sits with Dianna Bright in April, 2021, a Penticton resident who made the winning bid for the two luxury recliners they are sitting on with all funds raised going to Pathways. Guerard’s Fine Furniture is one of the nominees for 2021’s Chamber Business Excellence Awards.(Submitted)
Tin Whistle Brewing has come up with the Queen of Tart, made from 250 lbs. of prickly pear cactus fruit with 5 cents from each can going to Osoyoos Desert Centre. (Submitted)

Penticton brewery dedicates proceeds from new cactus sour to Osoyoos Desert Centre

Tin Whistle Brewing releases Queen of Tart, made from 250 lbs. of prickly pear fruit

Tin Whistle Brewing has come up with the Queen of Tart, made from 250 lbs. of prickly pear cactus fruit with 5 cents from each can going to Osoyoos Desert Centre. (Submitted)
Founders of South Okanagan Laser and Skin Centre Carmen Josay, Nicky Havers and Dr. Marcy Craddock. The clinic will hold its soft opening July 5, 2021. (Jesse Day - Western News)

New cosmetic clinic brings unique, holistic approach to aesthetic treatment to Penticton

Women of South Okanagan Laser and Skin Centre want to become your personal, life-long beauty experts

Founders of South Okanagan Laser and Skin Centre Carmen Josay, Nicky Havers and Dr. Marcy Craddock. The clinic will hold its soft opening July 5, 2021. (Jesse Day - Western News)
Poor David’s owner Karrie Peace and Salmon Arm store manager Monica Rhodes look forward to the new downtown Salmon Arm business’ soft opening on Friday, June 25. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

VIDEO: New Salmon Arm gift shop a tribute to loving husband

Karrie Peace opens her third Poor David’s on June 25

Poor David’s owner Karrie Peace and Salmon Arm store manager Monica Rhodes look forward to the new downtown Salmon Arm business’ soft opening on Friday, June 25. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Pacific Coastal Airlines will offer six flights a week to Vancouver and WestJet will provide six flights a week, with direct flights to Calgary and Edmonton. (Submitted)

Penticton Airport’s summer schedule is ready for takeoff

Additional flights start this weekend to address pent up demand of travellers

Pacific Coastal Airlines will offer six flights a week to Vancouver and WestJet will provide six flights a week, with direct flights to Calgary and Edmonton. (Submitted)
(Monique Tamminga/Western News)

From morning shows to morning showers: Penticton radio host takes over popular soap shop

Kyle Stewart, formerly of 97.1 Sun FM, can now be found in a much different business in Penticton

(Monique Tamminga/Western News)
Spiritleaf, Penticton’s first cannabis retailer opened in 2019. (Western News File)

Penticton expands cannabis store hours to match liquor stores

Cannabis stores are now allowed to operate until 11 p.m. in Penticton

Spiritleaf, Penticton’s first cannabis retailer opened in 2019. (Western News File)
Owner Daren McWhinney is really excited about the new location of Angry Vegan which just opened up at 536 Main Street. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Penticton’s Main Street turns into foodie heaven

Angry Vegan, Wild Ginger, Twisted Chopsticks and Gratify recently opened

Owner Daren McWhinney is really excited about the new location of Angry Vegan which just opened up at 536 Main Street. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce president Jonathan McGraw helped kick off its 34th business excellence awards celebrations at a launch event held Wednesday, June 9, 2021. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Kick off to the Penticton Chamber business excellence awards

Plan is to host the gala in person this year on Oct. 2

Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce president Jonathan McGraw helped kick off its 34th business excellence awards celebrations at a launch event held Wednesday, June 9, 2021. (Monique Tamminga Western News)