The Summerland Chamber of Commerce welcomed the following new businesses this month: Moonlight Valley Winery will be welcoming people to their winery and bistro soon at the old Sonoran Estate Winery location on Gartrell Road.
Carl’s Flower Company moves onto Main Street to provide flowers, plants and accessories for all occasions.
Following in the floral theme if in name only, White Lily Ltd., will be offering mobile dental services with a particular focus on residential seniors homes.
Adding to our delicious fruit markets, Berryland Summerland’s will feature their own homegrown product at their roadside stand. To help refresh the community this summer, Scooter’s Ice Cream’s mobile truck will be at a beach in Summerland. When looking for a new home Synergy Home Inspections will help you to see your new property up close.
Building new homes are Solara Homes Inc., experts at residential construction in the area. Carmichael Electrical Ltd., will offer electrical contracting services. Freemind Apparel Co. promotes their online clothing sales to raise awareness and break the stigma around mental health issues and support youth mental health.
Christa-Lee Bond of Evolve Cellars was named to B.C. Wine Institute’s Board of Directors to represent small wineries. Bond was elected during the institute’s annual general meeting on July 6 in Osoyoos and is one of nine members on the board of directors. The B.C. Wine Institute represents 148 B.C. wineries.
MAVCO was happy at the support in the community for their second annual golf tournament fundraiser, which enables them to raise $4,250 for SADI. The event, held at the Summerland Golf and Country Club, took part on June 13 with the aim of raising funds to support the Summerland Asset Development Initiative projects.
At the beginning of July, Emily Henderson, Miss Arctic Apple, earned the title of Miss B.C. Interior. Winning this title at the self-development Miss B.C. pageant means that Emily, the daughter of a biologist and an Inuit artist, will be representing the region and Okanagan Specialty Fruits for the year.
Last month Dirty Laundry’s 2013 Say Yes Pinot Gris and 2014 Woo Woo Gewurztraminer were announced gold medal winners at the San Francisco International Wine Competition. The competition, now in its 35th year, is the largest and most influential wine competition in America. Congratulations to Dirty Laundry and their winemaker, Mason Spink.
Cherry Tree Quilts is spearheading a new event called Quilts in the Park on Saturday, July 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Quilters of all levels of experience will display their pieces in Memorial Park.
Evolve Cellars has launched their lunchtime patio service with the appointment of Telea Bremer as winery chef. Originally from Australia, Bremer is in the Okanagan for the 2015 season and will work under the guidance of Local Lounge Grille’s executive chef Brad Clease.
“It’s such a pleasure to pair the fruit-forward wines of Evolve with fresh Okanagan fruits and produce,” says Bremer. The menu features shareable plates designed to complement Evolve’s wines, which are available Wednesday through Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
YLW Connection, the award-winning magazine, free in Kelowna Airport and read by over 45,000 people, features Bead Trails and La Punta Norte in their summer edition as part of their Life is Good in the Okanagan feature.
The article highlights a number of Okanagan experiences talking about how the Bead Trail experience provides another way to discover the Okanagan — a great promotion for the 140 businesses on the trail. The item on La Punta Norte details the beautiful Mexican influenced bed and breakfast and its stunning views of Okanagan Lake.
The end of June saw the soft opening of Alois Thurn’s new venture, Bodega 1117 Winery. The name of the brand comes from the first written record of the Thurn family as farmers in Germany. Alois aims to start small and produce high-quality wines, just as he did when starting the vinegar business. His hopes later this summer are to work with not-for-profit groups to serve simple, rustic dinners.
Vicky Jones is the communications and membership coordinator for the Summerland Chamber of Commerce.