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A crew of volunteers have been active in replanting a habitat area at a property owned by Okanagan Crush Pad. (Photo submitted)

Summerland winery joins international industry climate action group

Okanagan Crush Pad has committed to cutting its emissions

Kirsten (Fergy) Ferguson admiring the balloon display in Ukrainian colours on opening day of her new location Honey Toast on Front Street Sunday, May 1. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Honey Toast Cafe opens in downtown Penticton to flowers, hugs and cheer

The cafe is named in honour of Fergy’s grandma’s special honey toast treat

Kirsten (Fergy) Ferguson admiring the balloon display in Ukrainian colours on opening day of her new location Honey Toast on Front Street Sunday, May 1. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
From left to right, Marriot representative Duncan Chiu, MLA Dan Ashton, developer Ron Mundi, Penticton Mayor John Vassilaki, Valley First president Steven Chen, and construction chief Parm Kandola break ground for the new Four Points by Sheraton high-end hotel in Penticton. (Brennan Phillips - Penticton Western News)

Penticton breaks ground on first North Gateway development

The new Four Points by Sheraton hotel is first project for the area’s future

From left to right, Marriot representative Duncan Chiu, MLA Dan Ashton, developer Ron Mundi, Penticton Mayor John Vassilaki, Valley First president Steven Chen, and construction chief Parm Kandola break ground for the new Four Points by Sheraton high-end hotel in Penticton. (Brennan Phillips - Penticton Western News)
Blendz Coffee is now open at Cherry Lane mall in Penticton. Grand opening celebration includes free coffee on Friday, April 22 from 2-4 p.m. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Blenz Coffee moves in at Penticton mall

Blenz has opened where Starbucks used to be at Cherry Lane Shopping Centre

Blendz Coffee is now open at Cherry Lane mall in Penticton. Grand opening celebration includes free coffee on Friday, April 22 from 2-4 p.m. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Wine Industry job fair at Naramata Centre April 10 from 9 to 4 p.m. (File photo)

South Okanagan wine industry hosts job fair in Naramata today

Wineries, restaurants and tour companies are hiring

Wine Industry job fair at Naramata Centre April 10 from 9 to 4 p.m. (File photo)
Wine Industry job fair at Naramata Centre April 10 from 9 to 4 p.m. (File photo)

South Okanagan wine industry hosts job fair in Naramata today

Wineries, restaurants and tour companies are hiring

Wine Industry job fair at Naramata Centre April 10 from 9 to 4 p.m. (File photo)
A Penticton-based entrepreneur is presenting a “brewery tour” business to council on April 5. The endeavor is expected to open to the public this summer. (Photo: Penbrewtours)

Brewery tours on a pedal-powered vehicle coming to Penticton this summer

Tours will last over two hours and stop at three separate downtown breweries

A Penticton-based entrepreneur is presenting a “brewery tour” business to council on April 5. The endeavor is expected to open to the public this summer. (Photo: Penbrewtours)
Summerland’s Justin Kripps kneels next to his two-man sled for the World Cup season. Kripps will be the keynote speaker for the Penticton Chamber AGM, having returned from the Beijing Olympics with a bronze medal. (File photo)

Okanagan Olympian is keynote speaker at Penticton Chamber AGM

Summerland’s Justin Kripps is back from Beijing with a bronze medal in bobsled

Summerland’s Justin Kripps kneels next to his two-man sled for the World Cup season. Kripps will be the keynote speaker for the Penticton Chamber AGM, having returned from the Beijing Olympics with a bronze medal. (File photo)
Jane Long-Haggerty

Penticton chartered accountant wins award, launches 2nd food drive campaign

Jane Long-Haggerty recognized for her community impact, inspiring leadership

Jane Long-Haggerty
Smitty’s in Osoyoos suffered a major flood when the pipes froze during the December cold snap. They are now re-opening Wednesday, Feb. 14. (Contributed)

A fixture of Osoyoos re-opens today after major flood damage

Smitty’s family restaurant has been on Osoyoos’s Main Street for 47 years

Smitty’s in Osoyoos suffered a major flood when the pipes froze during the December cold snap. They are now re-opening Wednesday, Feb. 14. (Contributed)
Penticton’s 8 breweries host naming contest. (Courtesy of BC Ale Trail)
Penticton’s 8 breweries host naming contest. (Courtesy of BC Ale Trail)

Penticton’s 8 breweries host naming contest

Port Moody has Brewers Row and now Penticton’s breweries want a name too

Penticton’s 8 breweries host naming contest. (Courtesy of BC Ale Trail)
Penticton’s 8 breweries host naming contest. (Courtesy of BC Ale Trail)
Longtime friends Cassie Walters and Raelyn Lachapelle opened the doors to their new downtown Salmon Arm space for their business, The Nom Shuswap, on February 1, 2022. There, customers can pick up pre-ordered meals and grab-and-go meals, as well as smoothies and cold-pressed juices. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Longtime friends Cassie Walters and Raelyn Lachapelle opened the doors to their new downtown Salmon Arm space for their business, The Nom Shuswap, on February 1, 2022. There, customers can pick up pre-ordered meals and grab-and-go meals, as well as smoothies and cold-pressed juices. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
McWatters sisters Darrien and Christa-Lee have won 2021 most inspirational people in the wine industry. (TIME winery photo)

Penticton’s TIME Wine sisters chosen as Most Inspiring People of 2021

McWatters sisters continue dad’s legacy as true trailblazers in B.C. wine industry

McWatters sisters Darrien and Christa-Lee have won 2021 most inspirational people in the wine industry. (TIME winery photo)
Around 450 real estate professionals are expected to come together in Penticton June 22 and 23 at the Penticton Lakeside Resort and Conference Centre. (Lakeside Resort photo)

B.C. Realtors conference booked for Penticton

First big conference at Penticton Lakeside Resort could be sign of life going back to some normal

Around 450 real estate professionals are expected to come together in Penticton June 22 and 23 at the Penticton Lakeside Resort and Conference Centre. (Lakeside Resort photo)
(Black Press Media File)

Kaleden company gets cannabis cultivation license from Health Canada

Green Mountain Health Alliance also received their medical cannabis sales licence

(Black Press Media File)
Valley First has donated between $10,000 and $25,000 to four different organizations as part of its Simple Generosity program. (Contributed)

Credit union cash helps Okanagan businesses

Valley First donates between $10,000 and $25,000 to four separate organizations to help businesses grow

Valley First has donated between $10,000 and $25,000 to four different organizations as part of its Simple Generosity program. (Contributed)
Accelerate Okanagan has received $275,000 from the federal government, funding that will support the creation of new and improved capital training activities for entrepreneurs over the next two years. The funding was announced Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. (Submitted photo)

New funding accelerates opportunities for Okanagan investors

Accelerate Okanagan has received $275,000 to support capital training activities for entrepreneurs

Accelerate Okanagan has received $275,000 from the federal government, funding that will support the creation of new and improved capital training activities for entrepreneurs over the next two years. The funding was announced Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. (Submitted photo)
Amanda Homeniuk, owner of Vernon’s Kaleco, is one of 450 women whose businesses are featured on WeBC’s new virtual pop-up shop, which is open until Jan. 3, 2022. (Submitted photo)

New virtual pop-up shop boosts Okanagan women in business

The online shop features more than 450 women-led businesses in B.C.

Amanda Homeniuk, owner of Vernon’s Kaleco, is one of 450 women whose businesses are featured on WeBC’s new virtual pop-up shop, which is open until Jan. 3, 2022. (Submitted photo)