Monthly Summerland Business Buzz

Find out what businesses are expanding, who is new to town and what businesses are growing.

Martin Cleaners changes hands

After 27 years as the owner of Martin Cleaners, Leo Caumartin has sold his business and is retiring. Parkdale Place Housing Society have purchased the building and are leasing to Plaza Cleaners from Penticton, who are taking over from July 3 and plan to rename the business Summerland Cleaners. Leo plans to make the most of his retirement, including a cross-country journey to the East Coast.

New members

The Summerland Chamber welcomes new members: Atom Delivery Ltd., Crystal Schumacher Bookkeeper, Jen’s on Main, Freedom Found Creative, Kunicky Communications, Positive Pilates Inc., Shades of Shannon and Summerland Women’s Fitness Society.

Awards

Congratulations to Sonoran Estates Winery for winning Gold at 2013 All Canadian Wine Championships for their 2011 Gewurztraminer – the biggest award for that particular wine to date.

Logo update

Summerland Sweets has updated their branding. Owner Janet Braid says they wanted the two brands of Summerland Sweets and Sleeping Giant Winery to share some characteristics, while allowing the Summerland Sweets logo to retain its classic look. Join them on June 22 as they celebrate their 51st anniversary with a free pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon.

Expansion

The Bead Trails have grown again, adding 14 locations in Oliver and 15 in Osoyoos for a total of 104 bead stations around the Okanagan. Along with Summerland, where the headquarters is located at the Summerland Visitor Centre, the Bead Trails also includes Penticton, Naramata, and OK Falls.

New Faces

Mark Pike, CFP, FCSI, FMA, has joined Summerland Financial. Mark has been active in the financial industry for 30 years, specializing in the areas of financial planning, investment opportunities and insurance solutions.

New Manager

Gordon Wall is the new manager of the Summerland Beach RV Park. Gordon and his wife moved to Summerland from Nanaimo earlier in the year to take over the RV Park, and they are enjoying their new South Okanagan lifestyle.

Future plans include adding to the park’s 107 RV sites.

New owner at Granny’s

Derek Lutz is the new owner of Granny’s Fruit Stand and Bakery. Raised in Summerland, Derek brings years of experience as an orchard owner and produce wholesaler, and has great plans for his newest venture. Along with a wide selection of local produce, expect delicious baking, from fruit pies to chocolate covered cherries.

New owners: Okanagan Waste

Father and son Rock and David Appleton have purchased Okanagan Waste from Ulf Hasselbach, who has retired. They are now in the process of rebranding the company as Appleton Waste Services. “We are looking to expand this local company throughout the South Okanagan, but our primary focus remains our service base in Summerland,” says David.

On the move

BMG Office Management has moved to #2-13604 North Victoria Rd., part of Sungate Plaza.

Owner Barbara Gibbs is enjoying sharing office space with PMF Chartered Accountants, as they offer complimentary services.

New website

Congratulations to Dawn Snowden of Dawn’s Day Spa, on her brand new website dawnsdayspa.ca.

Sophia Jackson is the membership services and events coordinator for the Summerland Chamber of Commerce. Share your positive business buzz by emailing her at membership@summerlandchamber.com.