Investment and Relocation Guide available online

The Summerland Chamber is reaching completion of a new online Investment and Relocation Guide for Summerland.

The Summerland Chamber is reaching completion of a new online Investment and Relocation Guide for Summerland.

The guide includes useful information and statistics for those looking to open a business or move to Summerland.

The information covered includes community demographics, data on available industrial land in the district, statistics on employment, housing and education, and community services.

The guide will be available to download from the chamber’s website at the end of January.

Business awards

Nominations have been flowing in for the upcoming 76th Business and Community Excellence Awards.

There are 11 categories to honour local entrepreneurs and volunteers.

These include everything from Sustainability to Retail, Trade services to Tourism, Business of the Year and Citizen/Volunteer of the Year.

The deadline for nomination is tomorrow, Jan. 24.

Pick up a nomination form at the Review Office, Municipal Hall, or the Summerland Chamber office, or go online to to nominate online.

Don’t miss your chance to attend the Gala Awards evening on Feb. 22 at the Summerland Waterfront Resort.

This event sells out every year, so early booking is recommended.

Tickets can be purchased from the Summerland Chamber office.

New members

The Chamber recently welcomed several new business members: Critteraid Charity Thrift Shoppe on Victoria Street, Graphic Artist Sam Harris of Samalot Souvenir Solutions, and Alison Jacques, who provides professional editing and proofreading services.

Welcome also to our two newest corporate members: Penticton restoration company CBST Holdings, and Freedom55 Financial advisor Tony Fraser.

New websites

Two local businesses have launched new websites to promote their companies.

The new owners of High Roller Lanes Bowling Alley have gone live with

Since starting her business in 2012, Ursula Drescher, owner of Eneas Creek Wooden Products has been steadily growing her business reach.

She recently started a new website and is looking to expand her customer base around the Okanagan Valley.

CrossFit event

CrossFit South Okanagan owner Brent Hayter is undertaking his next big challenge, organizing the inaugural Okanagan Valley Throwdown on Feb. 8.

Dubbed “The Ultimate Fitness Competition,” the event will take place at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, and involves CrossFit clubs from around the Okanagan.

More than 200 athletes have registered, including some from as far away as Quebec and Ontario.

A number of Summerland businesses are sponsoring the Throwdown, and more information is available at

Podcast success

Summerland fibre artist Brandy Lynn Maslowski of Brandy Lynn Designs was the Art Gallery’s artist in residence last year, and 2014 is proving to be even more successful.

Six months ago she launched Canadian Quilt Talk, an online podcast all about quilting and fibre art in Canada.

Since then the podcast has gained a magazine sponsor and a dedicated following of quilters from around the world.

Canadian Quilt Talk’s Facebook page has also tipped the 500+ fans mark.

Learn more at

On the move

In December, Avery Law Office opened the doors to their new, larger office on Victoria Road.

They are now located at #107-13615 Victoria Road North.