Chamber prepares for Festival of Lights

News and events from Summerland's business community.

The Chamber office is busy organizing Summerland’s 25th Festival of Lights, which will be held on Friday, Nov. 30.

Check the Chamber’s website for full event listings and join our Festival of Lights Facebook page for regular updates.

Look for a lot of new and exciting additions for the 25th anniversary, including live ice carving, a larger than ever kid zone, and incredible fireworks set to music. Visit summerlandchamber.com

Bottleneck Drive

The Second Annual Light Up the Vines event will be held Dec. 1 and 2.

Check Bottleneck Drive’s website for how to join in the fun. Visit www.bottleneckdrive.com

The new elected executive for Bottleneck Drive includes Julian Scholefield, President (Okanagan Crush Pad, Operations Manager), Jack Fraser, Vice President (Thornhaven Estates Winery, Owner), Diane Sarglepp, Treasurer (Heaven’s Gate Winery, Owner), and Kristina Neilsen, Secretary (Sumac Ridge Estate Winery, Assistant Visitor Experience Manager).

Awards and accolades

Thornhaven Estates Winery has been listed in the top 25 wineries in Canada by Wine Access Magazine.

For the third year in a row Wine Press Northwest magazine has awarded Local Lounge and Grille Best BC Wine List.

Roadside wifi

Summerland attracted province-wide attention with the Chamber’s recent launch of B.C.’s first roadside wifi hotspot at the Trout Creek pullout. Visitors can pull off the highway and use the service to access local attractions and business listings.

For information on advertising on the wifi website, contact the Chamber office.

New businesses

The Chamber welcomes the following new business members: Bloom Hair Studio, N. Forlin Enterprises Ltd, Twenty 4 Consulting, On the Spot First Aid, Len’s Massage, and Penticton Auto Glass and Upholstery.

Grand opening

Cherry Tree Quilt Shop and Studio is hosting their Grand Opening on Saturday, November 10 at their new location at 10105 Main Street.

Drop by from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to meet with owner Barbara Gillespie and enter to win great prize draws.

Renovations and expansions

North West Technology Inc held an open house last week to celebrate the company’s move to Summerland.

They recently completed extensive renovations on their head office location in the James Lake Industrial Park.

Congratulations to the North West Technology team and welcome to Summerland.

JustSay-IT, a Summerland consulting firm providing content management strategy and technical communications, has joined forces as an independent service provider with Growth Strategy Dynamics in Kamloops.

Beth Haggerty, principal for JustSay-IT, says the collaboration means complimentary services for her clients.

New staff

The Summerland Chamber welcomes Jennifer Delanty as our new book keeper/administrator.

Many thanks to Leslie Harlow for years of dedicated service.

Summerland CIBC has welcomed Adriana Saccon as their new Branch Manager. Previous Branch Manager Sandra Bruckal has moved to the Penticton branch.

Website launch

Launching a new website? Share your link with the Chamber. Mark Sheriff of Deputy Diesel Performance is now online at  deputydieselperformance.com

New service

Summerland Optometry have expanded their services by investing in a new OptoMap Retinal Imager, which allows them to take a 200 degree image of the retina.

Agricultural branding

Summerland’s Okanagan Plant Improvement Corporation (PICO) has announced the launch of a new brand, “Born in B.C., Raised in the Okanagan.”

The brand is being used to support orchardists bringing small quantities of premium quality apples to market.

Sophia Jackson is the Membership Services and Events Coordinator for the Summerland Chamber of Economic Development and Tourism.