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A mural featuring a scoreboard and a great blue heron is being created on The Roster. (Lacey & Layla Art rendering)

Vernon business mural gains support

97% thinks the city should approve heron mural at The Roster

The directors of the Penticton Chamber att the announcement for this year's Business Excellence Awards. (brennan Phillips - Western News)

Nominations open for Penticton Chamber Business Excellence awards

The chamber has added a new code of conduct following 2021’s controversy

Dahlia and Derek Millington’s Little Falls Foods has a unique warehouse-styled store to serve the community of Okanagan Falls. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Okanagan Falls’ Little Falls Foods to close

After months of financial hardship the family is pivoting their business

Former owner of the successful catering business Joy Road Catering, Brett Turner has been appointed the new executive director of the Downtown Penticton Business Improvement Association. (Submitted)

Downtown Penticton’s new BIA executive director trades in chef’s hat for suit

Brett Turner is the former owner of the successful Joy Road Catering

Former owner of the successful catering business Joy Road Catering, Brett Turner has been appointed the new executive director of the Downtown Penticton Business Improvement Association. (Submitted)
Staff from Red Bag, ethically sourced clothing store in Cherry Lane mall do the happy dance in the city of Penticton’s video Shop Local, Support Local, Love Local video. (Youtube)

Penticton small business owners caught on video doing the happy dance

The adorable video is part of the city of Penticton’s Love Local campaign

Staff from Red Bag, ethically sourced clothing store in Cherry Lane mall do the happy dance in the city of Penticton’s video Shop Local, Support Local, Love Local video. (Youtube)
McWatters sisters Darrien and Christa-Lee have won the 2021 ‘Most inspirational people in the wine industry’ award. (TIME winery photo)
McWatters sisters Darrien and Christa-Lee have won the 2021 ‘Most inspirational people in the wine industry’ award. (TIME winery photo)
The indie film Invasions had a scene shot at the iconic Peach in Penticton on Wednesday, Aug. 18. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
The indie film Invasions had a scene shot at the iconic Peach in Penticton on Wednesday, Aug. 18. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
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

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