BUSINESS BUZZ — Assistant hired at chamber office

News and events from Summerland's business community.

The Summerland Chamber has welcomed Vicky Jones as its new communications and membership coordinator.

Originally from the United Kingdom, since moving to B.C., Jones has worked with multiple community and arts organizations including the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Whistler Arts Council and the Okanagan International Children’s Festival.

Members added

A warm welcome to our most recent chamber members: Clay Resources Ltd., Lakeshore Racquets Club, Leaf Mining, and T. Switzer Trucking.

New ownership

Trevor and Meghan Brown have exciting plans for their first season as the new owners of Granny’s Fruit Stand.

The fruit stand will continue to sell fresh, local fruits and vegetables, ice cream, gelato, as well as Summerland Sweets syrups and jams. However, fans of Wouda’s Bakery in Penticton are excited that Granny’s will also be the home of Wouda’s new Summerland location.

Extensive renovations are ongoing and they are scheduled to open in May.

Lauren Forsyth and Michael Hughes are the new owners of Grasslands Nursery. They purchased the business from Toni Boot, who last year won the Sustainability Leader Award at the Summerland Business Awards.

The new owners will be continuing the nursery’s dedication to environmentally sustainable practices, adding organic produce to the gardening products and services they offer.



Delong Studio in Trout Creek is celebrating 25 years in business. As a gift to both themselves and their customers they have undergone a dramatic overhaul of their studio, with new display cabinets and all new lighting.

Chef returns

Chef Bradley Clease is the new executive chef at Local Lounge – Grille. Clease and his wife Lindsay were the original creators/owners of the Vanilla Pod restaurant which began its existence in Summerland, back in the early 2000s.

Since then the couple’s culinary travels have taken them to notable kitchens around B.C., the Pacific Rim, Bahamas and most recently Bermuda.

Now back in the South Okanagan, Clease is developing new menu items that reflect his passion for local ingredients and Farm to Fork cuisine.



Summerland Dental Centre celebrated their grand reopening on April 24 after extensive renovations.

Along with opening up their reception area, they’ve added more hygiene chairs to accommodate dental emergencies, as well as a new crown milling machine that will allow for same-day service for their clients.

In addition, Summerland Dental has welcomed Dr. Laura Bowman, and expanded their hours on evenings and Saturdays.

Winery expands

SummerGate Winery has expanded their operation and welcomed two new staff members. John Matthews is the new vineyard assistant and cellar hand.

One of Matthews’ first large projects is the creation of new vineyard at the flume site above the winery.

Angela Kozlowski has also joined the SummerGate Winery team as the new wineshop manager and administrator.

Sophia Jackson is the departing communications and membership coordinator at the Summerland Chamber of Commerce.


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