Local Business

Frankie We Salute You! is offering a free burger and beer to hospital employees on Saturday, Jan. 22 (Contributed - FWSY)

Kelowna restaurant offering a free burger and beer to KGH staff

Frankie We Salute You! wants to do its part to help our KGH employees

 

Three side-by-side downtown Vernon businesses are for sale following a tough couple of years. (Realtor.ca photo)

3 neighbouring Vernon businesses put up for sale

2 restaurants and cheese shop right next to each other

 

Signs say 'Mental Health Matters,' 'Gyms are Essential,' and '#FreeBC' (Iron Energy Gym Instagram)

West Kelowna Gym disobeyed public health orders, not granted 2022 business license

Iron Energy Gym has remained open despite a PHO ban on indoor gatherings

 

Outboard Pub

Okanagan lakefront pub serves closing notice

Outboard owners aren’t renewing their lease

Outboard Pub
After nearly 25 years in operation, Armstrong’s Brown Derby Restaurant is closing forever as of Dec. 31 as the owners retire. (Jenna Churchill Photo)

North Okanagan’s Brown Derby Cafe hanging up hat

Popular breakfast/lunch eatery set to close as owners Neil Todd and Carolyn Russell ready to retire

After nearly 25 years in operation, Armstrong’s Brown Derby Restaurant is closing forever as of Dec. 31 as the owners retire. (Jenna Churchill Photo)
The Patch owner Christopher Shurety (right) and colleague Morgan (left) display some of their favourites of this year’s “ugly” Christmas sweater collection. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

B.C. shop sources bounty of answers to the ugly holiday sweater dilemma

Despite pandemic challenges, Victoria’s The Patch on Yates continues its annual tradition

The Patch owner Christopher Shurety (right) and colleague Morgan (left) display some of their favourites of this year’s “ugly” Christmas sweater collection. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
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

Valley First has donated between $10,000 and $25,000 to four different organizations as part of its Simple Generosity program. (Contributed)
Rossland Prop Master Paul Wagner is hoping to bring some movie business back to the West Kootenay. Photo: Submitted
Trail jeweller Paul Durkin (pictured) was enlisted to design and create rings for the hit Netlix movie Love Hard by props master Paul Wagner. Photo: Jim Bailey

Kootenay props master’s work featured in Netflix Christmas rom-com Love Hard

Props Master Paul Wagner wants to see more movie business come through the Kootenay

Rossland Prop Master Paul Wagner is hoping to bring some movie business back to the West Kootenay. Photo: Submitted
Trail jeweller Paul Durkin (pictured) was enlisted to design and create rings for the hit Netlix movie Love Hard by props master Paul Wagner. Photo: Jim Bailey
Lake Country’s Chase Van Buuren does a demonstration about his company, Limitless Manufacturing, during a presentation on the smash CBC-TV show Dragons’ Den. Van Buuren’s segment will air Thursday, Nov. 25. (Photo courtesy CBC/Dragons’ Den)

Lake Country business makes Dragons’ Den pitch

Limitless Manufacturing’s owner asks for investment; segment to air Thursday, Nov. 25

Lake Country’s Chase Van Buuren does a demonstration about his company, Limitless Manufacturing, during a presentation on the smash CBC-TV show Dragons’ Den. Van Buuren’s segment will air Thursday, Nov. 25. (Photo courtesy CBC/Dragons’ Den)
Vernon’s Squires Four Pub closed Wednesday, Oct. 27, due to the vaccination passports required to be shown by patrons. The pub opened in 1986. It’s unclear if the closure is permanent. (Laurell Cornell photo)

Vernon establishment blames passports for closure

Squires Four Pub closed doors, for the time being, Wednesday, Oct. 27

Vernon’s Squires Four Pub closed Wednesday, Oct. 27, due to the vaccination passports required to be shown by patrons. The pub opened in 1986. It’s unclear if the closure is permanent. (Laurell Cornell photo)
The former Valley Auction site in Spallumcheen is now the home of Integrity Building Products. The official changing of hands ceremony took place Monday, Oct. 18, with Don Raffan of Valley Auction (cowboy hat, left), Mayor Christine Fraser and Jerry Myer of Integrity. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Valley Auction in Spallumcheen signs off with Integrity

In the township since 1963, Valley Auction turns property over to Alberta’s Integrity Building Products

The former Valley Auction site in Spallumcheen is now the home of Integrity Building Products. The official changing of hands ceremony took place Monday, Oct. 18, with Don Raffan of Valley Auction (cowboy hat, left), Mayor Christine Fraser and Jerry Myer of Integrity. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
A sign indicating face coverings are required by the establishment is pictured on the front door of a business in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, April 9, 2021. COVID-19 cases have been on a steady increase in the province of British Columbia over the past week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Anger, decreased sales reported by Vernon businesses over COVID-19 vaccination checks

Unpredictable customers leaves local staff and owners feeling anxious

A sign indicating face coverings are required by the establishment is pictured on the front door of a business in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, April 9, 2021. COVID-19 cases have been on a steady increase in the province of British Columbia over the past week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce president Robin Cardew encourages customers to take it easy on local businesses. (Chamber photo)

Anger, decreased sales reported by Vernon businesses over COVID-19 vaccination checks

Unpredictability of customers leaves local staff and owners feeling anxious

Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce president Robin Cardew encourages customers to take it easy on local businesses. (Chamber photo)
Dan Proulx and Richard Rolke from the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce urge residents to vote for their favourite in the People’s Choice category for the 37th annual business excellence awards. (Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce/Facebook photo)

Nearly 400 Vernon businesses nominated for excellence awards

Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce awards now open for People’s Choice votes

Dan Proulx and Richard Rolke from the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce urge residents to vote for their favourite in the People’s Choice category for the 37th annual business excellence awards. (Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce/Facebook photo)
At least one downtown Vernon restaurant, The Fig, has stated that it will not discriminate against vaccination status, despite the latest provincial health order to come in effect Sept. 13. (The Fig Facebook post)

Vaccination passports get mixed response from Vernon businesses

Majority surveyed by Chamber of Commerce support proof of vaccination

At least one downtown Vernon restaurant, The Fig, has stated that it will not discriminate against vaccination status, despite the latest provincial health order to come in effect Sept. 13. (The Fig Facebook post)
John (from left), Brad and Al Thorlakson of Vernon-based Tolko Industries gather at the Lavington Planer Mill where it all began for the company 65 years ago in 1956. (tolko.com)

Okanagan-based lumber giant harvests 65 years

Tolko Industries began with operation at Lavington Planer Mill, now an internationally known company

John (from left), Brad and Al Thorlakson of Vernon-based Tolko Industries gather at the Lavington Planer Mill where it all began for the company 65 years ago in 1956. (tolko.com)
Nominations are open until Aug. 23 for the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. (Chamber photo)

Love sought for Greater Vernon businesses

Chamber of Commerce award nominations open until Aug. 23

Nominations are open until Aug. 23 for the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. (Chamber photo)
Gary's Woodfired Pizza got some slack on the weekend for operating an open flame in Lake Country. (Contributed)

Pizza business gets Okanagan residents fired up

Wood fired pizza truck operating with exemption, while barbecues banned in parks

Gary's Woodfired Pizza got some slack on the weekend for operating an open flame in Lake Country. (Contributed)
A case of COVID-19 has temporarily closed Vernon’s Kelly O’Bryan’s restaurant. (Morning Star - file photo)

COVID case temporarily closes Okanagan restaurant

Kelly O’Bryan’s in Vernon makes announcement on social media, answering machine

A case of COVID-19 has temporarily closed Vernon’s Kelly O’Bryan’s restaurant. (Morning Star - file photo)
The Turtle Bay Pub will be closed until July 30 due to staff exposures to COVID-19. (Turtle Bay Pub photo)

Popular Okanagan pub closed due to COVID-19 exposure

Several staff exposed to COVID-19 at Turtle Bay Pub

The Turtle Bay Pub will be closed until July 30 due to staff exposures to COVID-19. (Turtle Bay Pub photo)