COLUMN: Chamber reviews successes of 2016

This month the Summerland Chamber has been reviewing the successes of 2016 and planning for the New Year.

This month the Summerland Chamber has been reviewing the successes of 2016 and planning for the New Year.

Last month’s Festival of Lights was our most successful yet with more activities, vendors, and attendees than ever before.

We also announced changes to our Business and Community Excellence Awards for 2017, including three new awards, a change in voting, and a bigger, red carpet-style awards ceremony.

So as we look towards 2017 let’s be thankful for everything we achieved in 2016. Happy Holidays to all.

New members

This month we welcome new members to the Chamber.

Detonate Brewing Co. adds beer to Summerland’s attractions with their microbrewery and small tasting area opening soon.

One of Bottleneck Drive’s newest members, Savard Vines, offers Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and some Cabernet Franc for your tasting delights.

Okanagan Beverage provides the maintenance and repair of coffee, bar and restaurant equipment to our hospitality industry members.

Our newest Corporate Member Dunamis Projects, based in Peachland, provides full service for your renovation or new home builds.

Updated look

Main St. Fitness and Yoga has been a staple in its downtown location for the last few years. Under new ownership by Sarah Nilson in 2016, the fitness studio has been introducing new classes like Belly Fit and Glow in the Dark yoga in recent months, and has just launched their new logo and website.

New staff member

As part of their expansion the Maple Roch team has added Mirjana (Maryana) Komljenovic to their team.

Komljenovic will help to celebrate their new retail location at the rear of 13207 Victoria Road North by planning events, such as the evening events held in early December with maple snow and other treats.

New wine

Last month, Back Door Winery added a new wine to their portfolio.

At First Blush is the wineries first sparkling wine, and is made from Muscat and Pinot Noir varietals to add a hint of pink to the bubbly.

The winery, which opened its doors to the public in 2015, now offers over a dozen wines.

Winning businesses

Congratulations to all of our members that were recognized in Okanagan Life Magazine’s Best of the Okanagan 2016.

The Summerland Chamber member winners for the South Okanagan were:

Best Renovation Company Canyonview Construction

Best Plumbing Contractor Mavco Plumbing and Heating

Best Roofing Company Interior Roofing Ltd.

Best Women’s Fashion Store The Suburban Princess Boutique

Best Fashion Accessories Store The Suburban Princess Boutique

Best Dental Clinic Summerland Dental Centre

Best Naturopathic Jese Wiens Naturopathic Doctor

Best Realtor Kevin Kole Best Real Estate Company Royal Lepage Parkside Realty

Best Credit Union or Bank Summerland Credit Union

Best Insurance Company Johnston Meier Insurance

Best Law Firm Bell, Jacoe & Company

Best Mortgage Company Summerland Credit Union

Best Private School Summerland Montessori School

Best Boat Dealer Summerland RV Centre

Best Auto Body Repair Alder Street Autobody

http://okanaganlife.com/celebrate-best-of-the-okanagan-2016