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Black Crow Cannabis is just one of Vernon's many pot shops now open in town. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Kelowna has highest cannabis fees in Okanagan

Vernon’s 14 stores pay second highest business licence fees

Orchard Park mall gets a new satellite visitors centre for tourists.

Tourism centre opens at Kelowna’s Orchard Park Mall

The shopping centre has a new space dedicated to helping tourists enjoy the city

Kelowna-based company GTEC Cannabis Co. has paid off $6 million in debts. (GTEC Cannabis Co. - Facebook)

Kelowna cannabis company pays off $6M debt

GTEC Cannabis Co. is now one of the few debt-free companies in the sector

The first cruise ship of the 2019 season – the Celebrity Eclipse – docks in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

Tourism spending in Canada dropped by almost 50 per cent in 2020

Tourism-related jobs dropped by almost 29 per cent

The first cruise ship of the 2019 season – the Celebrity Eclipse – docks in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
Penticton’s Bad Tattoo Brewing is expanding its business to Kelowna later this summer. (Bad Tattoo Brewing/Instagram)

Penticton’s Bad Tattoo Brewing will expand to Kelowna this summer

Scheduled to open in early July, the new brewpub will be located in the city’s brewery district

Penticton’s Bad Tattoo Brewing is expanding its business to Kelowna later this summer. (Bad Tattoo Brewing/Instagram)
Summerhill Pyramid Winery is one of many patios that remain open in Kelowna. (Summerhill Pyramid Winery/ Facebook)

COVID-19: B.C. has banned indoor food service. Here’s a list of Kelowna restaurants with patios

You can still support local businesses in a safe way amid new provincial restrictions

Summerhill Pyramid Winery is one of many patios that remain open in Kelowna. (Summerhill Pyramid Winery/ Facebook)
The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) is working with the West Kelowna RCMP on an organized crime drug investigation. (File)

Gang unit makes drug-related arrest in West Kelowna

One man was arrested at a West Kelowna home on Wednesday afternoon

The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) is working with the West Kelowna RCMP on an organized crime drug investigation. (File)
Greenery Cannabis Boutique opened Friday, March 19 in Kelowna. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)

Kelowna’s newest cannabis shop opens doors

Greenery Cannabis Boutique opened Friday, March 19

Greenery Cannabis Boutique opened Friday, March 19 in Kelowna. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
Victoria’s Fairmont Empress hotel closed for three months in late 2020, early 2021, to undergo renovations in leveraging slower hotel traffic because of COVID-19 restrictions. A new report from Statistics Canada find many businesses in the accommodation and food services sector are bracing for another tough year. (Courtesy of Fairmont Empress hotel)

Survey finds Canada’s hospitality industry has low expectations for year ahead

Almost 87 per cent of businesses in accommodation and food services report lower revenues in 2020

Victoria’s Fairmont Empress hotel closed for three months in late 2020, early 2021, to undergo renovations in leveraging slower hotel traffic because of COVID-19 restrictions. A new report from Statistics Canada find many businesses in the accommodation and food services sector are bracing for another tough year. (Courtesy of Fairmont Empress hotel)
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Kelowna cannabis extraction company introduces new technology

Vitalis Extraction’s new technology is designed for efficiency

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Ashley Ramsay of Yeti Farm Creative. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)

Ashley Ramsay runs Yeti Farm Creative

In this edition of Women in Business, women were interviewed who are…

Ashley Ramsay of Yeti Farm Creative. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
(Phil McLachlan - Capital News)

Christina Camilleri: Making holistic health care accessible

Christina Camilleri founded and operates Healthy Essentials Clinic

(Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
Mya Kondor, owner and trainer of Canines and Co. in Kelowna. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

VIDEO: Kelowna dog school offers puppy socialization classes amid COVID-19

Canines and Co. has adapted to the pandemic to provide training essential to puppies’ development

Mya Kondor, owner and trainer of Canines and Co. in Kelowna. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
The Central Okanagan seen from the top of Knox Mountain. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News file)

Kelowna’s unemployment rate lowest in the nation: Statistics Canada

Out of all major cities in Canada, Kelowna and its surrounding communities had the lowest jobless rate in Canada in January

The Central Okanagan seen from the top of Knox Mountain. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News file)
Pennask Wind Farm. (Contributed)

Two Okanagan wind farms sold to Calgary-based company

Canadian Power has agreed to purchase Okanagan Wind’s two local wind farms

Pennask Wind Farm. (Contributed)
Jamie and Tanisha Out and Toni Starkell are the team behind Forage General, a floral, coffee and gift shop located in downtown Salmon Arm at the corner of Alexander Street and the Trans-Canada Highway. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

VIDEO: Salmon Arm trio open small business with big city feel

Forage General offers flowers, coffee and a variety of unique gifts

Jamie and Tanisha Out and Toni Starkell are the team behind Forage General, a floral, coffee and gift shop located in downtown Salmon Arm at the corner of Alexander Street and the Trans-Canada Highway. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Pearson's European Deli has new owners. (Twila Amato - Black Press Media)

Beloved Kelowna deli has new owners

Founders and former owners of Pearson’s European Deli, Paul and Shan Pearson, felt it was time to take a step back

Pearson's European Deli has new owners. (Twila Amato - Black Press Media)
West Kelowna, pictured in October 2020. (Phil McLachlan - West K News)

West Kelowna businesses thrive amid COVID-19

Supporting local has helped keep business afloat according to the Greater Westside Board of Trade

West Kelowna, pictured in October 2020. (Phil McLachlan - West K News)
(Phil McLachlan - Capital News)

Kelowna duo launches new ‘healthy fast-food’ restaurant

Model of Blk Box is to make delicious food, that doesn’t make you suffer in the gym.

(Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
Before reopening after a two-month COVID-caused shutdown in May, Doc Willoughby’s underwent several renovations. Now, in October, new restrictions are again causing headaches for pub owners. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)

Kelowna watering holes battle tough liquor restrictions

Local establishments are calling for regionalized restrictions, warn of potential closures of iconic bars and pubs

Before reopening after a two-month COVID-caused shutdown in May, Doc Willoughby’s underwent several renovations. Now, in October, new restrictions are again causing headaches for pub owners. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)