Waterfront Resort honoured for environmental commitment

The Summerland Waterfront Resort is getting high praise through the online travel site, TripAdvisor.

The Summerland Waterfront Resort is getting high praise through the online travel site, TripAdvisor.

The resort is ranked the number one hotel in Summerland and number 11 out of 154 hotels in the Okanagan.

TripAdvisor has also lauded the Resort with the Platinum rating, the highest level under their new GreenLeader designation, which ranks companies based on their commitment to environmentally friendly practices.

New members

The Summerland Chamber welcomes the following new members: Curio Cat, Little Lupo Dog Daycare, Matthew Environmental Consulting, Oak Design MFG, Pearce Taylor Law Corporation, Quail Crossing Farm Services, SB2 Construction Ltd., Shooting Star Maintenance and Landscaping, Summerland House on the Lake B&B, Summerland Potters Guild and VP Construction.

New ownership

Summerland’s Shoppers Drug Mart has a new owner/pharmacist. At just 25, Austin Ojala’s knowledge as a pharmacist is paired with a long-time passion for business. He and his wife, who is also a pharmacist, moved to Summerland from Alberta, drawn by the business opportunity and the Okanagan lifestyle. They are looking forward to getting involved in the community.

Ivan Huang has taken over management of Summerland Necessities on Rosedale, which is getting a name change to Summerland Convenience. Along with continuing to provide the Greyhound sales and shipping services, and the hunting and fishing licenses, Ivan says he plans to make some changes to the retail side of the store and add new products.

Drew’s Kitchen is the new café on Main Street in the former Wagon Wheel location. After 20 years as a chef in England, owner Andrew Roper plans to open the doors this week on his first solo venture. Andrew says his menu will be partially inspired by his British roots, and by what his customers crave.

Wine Fair

The wineries of Bottleneck Drive are once again collaborating for an exciting tasting event, which will be held on Sept. 13, during the Fall Fair.

The Summerland Wine Fair will be the largest ever tasting tour of Summerland wines, with a chance to meet the wine makers and of course to sample some of the new and award-winning wines.

Tickets can be purchased from any Summerland winery, and include entrance to the Fall Fair.

New designation

Congratulations to Chantelle Meriam of Edward Jones who has achieved the designation of Certified Financial Planner.

The designation is obtained through extensive education, a rigorous standardized national examination process, comprehensive continuing education requirements and accountability to the Financial Planning Standards Council for a code of ethics, practice standards, and the rules and regulations of a professional body.

Renovations

Keller’s Cellar U-brew on Victoria is looking bright and modern following in-store renovations including new floors, lighting, shelving and a new reception area.