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Chambers of commerce from across B.C. have endorsed a plan to tackle key social and economic factors impacting cities, which they say will also support businesses attempting to recover from the pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Build Back Victoria)

B.C. chambers endorse pandemic-recovery blueprint for cities

Plan calls for addressing mental health, housing and public transit issues

Chambers of commerce from across B.C. have endorsed a plan to tackle key social and economic factors impacting cities, which they say will also support businesses attempting to recover from the pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Build Back Victoria)
Sculptor Russell Papp stands in his backyard in the doorway to his artist studio. Don Denton photograph

Master of the creative

Sculptor and designer Russell Papp

  • Jul 19, 2021
Sculptor Russell Papp stands in his backyard in the doorway to his artist studio. Don Denton photograph
B.C. In Vancouver, Premier John Horgan smiles during a news conference on Sunday, October 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. to create new clean energy centre to help with low-carbon innovation

The Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy is expected to be open by this fall

B.C. In Vancouver, Premier John Horgan smiles during a news conference on Sunday, October 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Quadra Island Gas N Go. Submitted photo

Quadra Island’s gas station loses only employee, closes – and nearest pump is a ferry away

Last employee calls it quits after couple weeks working the till by himself

Quadra Island Gas N Go. Submitted photo
Brad Leith at Impeccable Jewellery in Duncan. Don Denton photograph

Secrets and lives with Brad Leith

Jeweller travels the world to find his gemstones

  • Jul 14, 2021
Brad Leith at Impeccable Jewellery in Duncan. Don Denton photograph
Morgan Labrecque flips through some of the records available at her new Salmon Arm record shop, The Vinyl Vault. (Lachlan Labere photo )

Vinyl back in rotation with opening of new Salmon Arm record shop

Music enthusiast Morgan Labrecque unlocks The Vinyl Vault at Westgate Public Market

Morgan Labrecque flips through some of the records available at her new Salmon Arm record shop, The Vinyl Vault. (Lachlan Labere photo )
Dan Rohn started as an intern with Dynamic Avalanche in 2019, his position was partially funded by the Columbia Basin Trust’s Career Internship Program. (Contributed-Columbia Basin Trust)

Intern gets solid footing at Dynamic Avalanche

The Revelstoke-based business used the Columbia Basin Trust’s Career Internship Program

  • Jul 12, 2021
Dan Rohn started as an intern with Dynamic Avalanche in 2019, his position was partially funded by the Columbia Basin Trust’s Career Internship Program. (Contributed-Columbia Basin Trust)
Construction workers walk up a set of stairs at Union Station during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Statistics Canada says economy added 230,700 jobs in June, all part-time

More people also went looking for work in June, after giving up on the job hunt in May

Construction workers walk up a set of stairs at Union Station during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Vancouver Ferrari. Photograph by Lia Crowe

Italian Stallions

Riding high in a Ferrari

  • Jun 30, 2021
Vancouver Ferrari. Photograph by Lia Crowe
Vernon's Lake City Casino workers were among the Gateway Casinos employees who voted 93.1 per cent in favour of striking last week. (Jennifer Smith/Morning Star)

Okanagan casinos ring back into action, with masks

Hundreds of employees brought back after 15 months off the job

Vernon's Lake City Casino workers were among the Gateway Casinos employees who voted 93.1 per cent in favour of striking last week. (Jennifer Smith/Morning Star)
Poor David’s owner Karrie Peace and Salmon Arm store manager Monica Rhodes look forward to the new downtown Salmon Arm business’ soft opening on Friday, June 25. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

VIDEO: New Salmon Arm gift shop a tribute to loving husband

Karrie Peace opens her third Poor David’s on June 25

Poor David’s owner Karrie Peace and Salmon Arm store manager Monica Rhodes look forward to the new downtown Salmon Arm business’ soft opening on Friday, June 25. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Tickleberry's was broken into June 21. (Facebook)

Penticton thief ditches vegan treats, opts for huge tub of ice cream instead

Tickleberry’s in downtown Penticton is the latest victim of a smash and grab

Tickleberry's was broken into June 21. (Facebook)
Jacqui Gardiner and Kenley Knock are opening a dance studio in downtown Revelstoke. (Contributed)

It takes a village to build a new dance studio in Revelstoke

Revelstoke dance teachers opening their own business called THE STUDIO

Jacqui Gardiner and Kenley Knock are opening a dance studio in downtown Revelstoke. (Contributed)
Closure of the 2900 block of 30th Avenue will allow restaurants and other businesses to extend their patios onto the street. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Green light given to downtown Vernon road closure

Single block of 30th Avenue to close over summer months to boost business

Closure of the 2900 block of 30th Avenue will allow restaurants and other businesses to extend their patios onto the street. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Neuroscientists say that people are 70 per cent more likely to recall your brand after seeing it in print. Other studies have shown that 82 per cent of consumers report that they trust print ads in relation to other media. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE

IT’S YOUR BUSINESS: A case for print

Print is still a highly effective medium for helping businesses reach their customers, according to Joe Smith

  • Jun 12, 2021
Neuroscientists say that people are 70 per cent more likely to recall your brand after seeing it in print. Other studies have shown that 82 per cent of consumers report that they trust print ads in relation to other media. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
Carina Stokes, bar manager at Enderby’s Small Axe Bistro, was recognized as one of four exceptional B.C. restaurant workers by the British Columbia Restaurant and Foodservices Association Tuesday, June 8, 2021. (Contributed)

Okanagan bar manager recognized as ‘stand-up’ B.C. restaurant worker

Small Axe Roadhouse’s Carina Stokes one of four to receive special recognition from the BCRFA

Carina Stokes, bar manager at Enderby’s Small Axe Bistro, was recognized as one of four exceptional B.C. restaurant workers by the British Columbia Restaurant and Foodservices Association Tuesday, June 8, 2021. (Contributed)
John Anjo, founder/ director of Dwelltech, poses in front of his newest creation. The YOCTO is a 72 square foot tiny home with all the fixings. (Ronan O’Doherty/ The News)

VIDEO: Maple Ridge company builds remarkably tiny home

Dwelltech founder constructs 72 square foot home as passion project

John Anjo, founder/ director of Dwelltech, poses in front of his newest creation. The YOCTO is a 72 square foot tiny home with all the fixings. (Ronan O’Doherty/ The News)
The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers not to fall for an “every child matters” orange shirt scam that is circulating from a Facebook advertisement. (Website/TeeToro)

T-shirt scammers falsely claim to support Indigenous causes, BBB warns

‘Opportunists trying to take advantage of a horrible tragedy is nothing new,” says Karla Laird

The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers not to fall for an “every child matters” orange shirt scam that is circulating from a Facebook advertisement. (Website/TeeToro)
A new Woodsdale gas bar and convenience store are in the works for the corner of Bottom Wood Lake and Woodsdale roads. (Design illustration)

New Woodsdale gas station planned in Lake Country

Convenience store plans to rebuild with commercial retail unit

A new Woodsdale gas bar and convenience store are in the works for the corner of Bottom Wood Lake and Woodsdale roads. (Design illustration)
April 13, 2021 -  Kelowna's Orchard Park Mall Apple Entrance. Don Denton photograph

On the right side of history

Orchard Park Shopping Centre celebrates 50 years

  • May 21, 2021
April 13, 2021 -  Kelowna's Orchard Park Mall Apple Entrance. Don Denton photograph