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The ​3 Color Combo ($11.95) vermicelli bowl features both bbq pork and marinated pork. Photo: Bamboo Chopsticks Awesome Sauce

Bamboo Chopsticks Expands to Downtown Kelowna

A staple to West Kelowna, Bamboo Chopsticks is planning to open their third location in downtown Kelowna, increasing the Vietnamese food options in the core to back up to three. I mean you can never have enough of that refreshing yet savoury, fresh yet comforting Vietnamese cuisine. Set to open in the next month or so, the local proprietors will be setting up shop next door to the library on Ellis Street in one those new storefronts in the Parkade building….

Ricco Bambino is holding their grand opening this Tuesday, August 14th from 6pm - 8pm.
Ricco Bambino is holding their grand opening this Tuesday, August 14th from 6pm - 8pm.
Cin cin!

La Dolce Vita Comes to Downtown: the Wine Bar, Wine Wizardry and Welcome Fun that is Ricco Bambino

Interestingly Kelowna does not have a wine bar. Penticton has the personable and rootsy…


Vice & Virtue's interior is a cheerful, airy space that delivers the goods.
Vice & Virtue's interior is a cheerful, airy space that delivers the goods.
cured meats, cold treats

Kelowna’s Latest Brewery, Vice & Virtue is Smokin’! Food, Beer and Vibes

It’s no secret that the Kelowna craft brewery scene is intensifying in scope and…


Sprout, now open, is Kelowna's latest gastro go-to.
Sprout, now open, is Kelowna's latest gastro go-to.
a new baker in town

Just Opened: Sprout is Kelowna’s Latest Gastro Go‑to

Those of us who think that some of the finest things are often the…


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There are All Candidates Events across Kelowna. Some are forums and some are meet and greets. Come out and meet the candidates before you vote!

Future of Kelowna Consortium Endorses Mayor Basran …and Two New Candidates!

Future Of Kelowna Consortium | October 10, 2018

The Future of Kelowna Consortium is endorsing Mayor Colin Basran and two new candidates,…


All of the downtown core is zoned commercial (C4, C5, C7 etc) to allow "flexibility" for developers. Therefore they are exempt (for now) from the new short term rental regulations.

New Short Term Rental Regulations in Kelowna: How Much Living Will Kelowna’s “Liveable Downtown” Have?

Chantal Weill | July 31, 2018

The City of Kelowna’s been pretty woke lately. With their commitment to take a…


The daily Pizza For the People's flavours were especially unexpected and awesome, with bbq sauce, roasted cauliflower, roasted chicken, candied sunflower seeds, and smoked cheddar.

Downtown Kelowna’s Latest Resto Bar, Jack’s Pizza & Liquor Gets the Balance Just Right

Chantal Weill | July 6, 2018

You could definitely say there are many places to grab a drink downtown, but…


The way to order a bowl at Pacific Poke is pretty simple.

Vancouver’s Pacific Poke Expands to Downtown Kelowna

Hello Kelowna Staff | June 9, 2018

Poke (pronounced poh-keh) is a traditional Hawaiian dish, essentially a salad that combines raw…


These four establishments open in June.

Four New Fun and Funky Places to Drink and Play Downtown Are To Open This Month

Hello Kelowna Staff | June 7, 2018

Downtown Kelowna will see four very different new leisurely imbiberies open their doors this…


BC Attorney General David Eby has recommended that a referendum on electoral reform be held by mail-in ballot in October and November of this year.

Letter to the Editor: Ready, Steady, Vote

Hello Kelowna Staff | June 5, 2018

BC Attorney General David Eby has recommended that a referendum on electoral reform be…


Truck 59 Ciderhouse opens its doors in West Kelowna.

West Kelowna’s First Cidery Set to Open

Hello Kelowna Staff | May 31, 2018

Truck 59 Ciderhouse opens their doors for the first time on Friday. Located on…


Kelowna gets serious about homelessness and maybe housing needs overall.

Kelowna Gets Serious About Homelessness and Maybe Housing Needs Overall

Chantal Weill | May 21, 2018

Earlier this week the City of Kelowna announced a draft of its strategy to…


Okanagan Lake public foreshore in Kelowna

If Floods Are a Constant – Are Temporary Measures Enough?

Guest Contributor Al Janusas | May 15, 2018

Okanagan Lake and all of its creeks and streams have always flooded. Dams have…


The new restaurant should be officially open after the May long weekend.

Thai Terrace Soft Launch Across from City Park

Hello Kelowna Staff | May 9, 2018

Back in mid March we noted that the former location of the Wings chain…


Gail Temple of Westcorp sat down for another interview with Kent Molgat of Kelowna Now and explained what's going on with the lakefront hotel.

More Westcorp Excuses

Jason Stewart | May 8, 2018

Earlier this week, Gail Temple, Westcorp Vice President of Operations visited local blog Kelowna…


Herman Noordermeer's "Me and ?", part of the Okanagan Print Triennial exhibition at the KAG.

Printmaking “Impresses” in the Okanagan

Chantal Weill | May 6, 2018

Last week we wrote about the idea of public art and its potential to…


The City of Kelowna revealed that we have 1,479 rental units under construction right now with more to come.

Guys, Did You Hear? There’s a Rental Market Boom!

Chantal Weill | May 6, 2018

The talk of purpose-built rentals and rental zonings has really entered the BC housing…


The beloved Kelowna charcuterie boite, Salted & Brick is back.

Comings and Goings Around Kelowna

Hello Kelowna Staff | May 5, 2018

Soon you’ll have another Starbucks drive thru that you can idle in while you…


This new tourist building by the lake is expected to be finished by some time in June.

Tourism Kelowna Wants to Become the City’s Ticketmaster

Jason Stewart | May 2, 2018

With the new Tourism Kelowna location at city’s waterfront set to open in the…


Chicago's Cloud Gate (aka "the Bean"), Richard Serra's controversial Titled Arc in Manhattan, and Kelowna's Rhapsody.

Public Art: What’s the Point?

Chantal Weill | May 1, 2018

In this century we’ve fallen in love with public art. Banksy is a folk…


First-past-the-post masks the true political diversity of BC.

November is Coming: Proportional Representation Referendum

Guest Contributor Kelly Hutchinson | April 30, 2018

Electoral reform has been a major issue in Canada and BC since the early…


Recognizable to British Columbian wine heads, Naramata Bench is getting ready for its close-up.

Marketing Terroir: Naramata and Okanagan Falls Sub-GIs

Chantal Weill | April 30, 2018

Despite all the gloom coming from BC wineries post-Comeau decision, we would argue there…


Westcorp Wusses Out Because Of Course They Do.

The Good, Bad, and the Ugly in Condo World

Jason Stewart | April 29, 2018

We certainly had an interesting juxtaposition of developer news this week – on one…


Luppolo picks up Best in Show and more at the Okanagan Fest of Ale. BNA, Bad Tattoo and BC Tree Fruits scored wins too.

Who Picked up the Hardware at the Fest of Ale? Okanagan Brewers Represent

Hello Kelowna Staff | April 18, 2018

Local brewers BNA and BC Tree Fruits garnered some ‘best in class’ accolades at…


The Scrap the Speculation Tax website's developers have quite the infamous client list.

Coalition of the Willies

Jason Stewart | April 14, 2018

I would like to thank the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce for recently submitting a…


Vanessa Vineyard, situated in the beautiful Similkameen Valley in Cawston.

A Master Winemaker Returns – Vanessa Vineyard

Jason Stewart | April 13, 2018

When one of the Valley’s OG winemakers, Howard Soon retired late last year from…


Um, someone tell Mission Group that this is Kelowna.

Mission Group’s Bargain Shop Condo Marketing Goes Meta and it’s Stupid

Jason Stewart | April 8, 2018

Mission Group unveiled their vision for the block of Bernard that was once home…


Kelowna Musicians Fight Back in Song.

Kelowna Musicians Fight Back in Song

Hello Kelowna Staff | April 7, 2018

Local musicians got together earlier in the week and recorded a song “They Haven’t…


Mission Hill Winery now owns this historic building on Water.

News and Rumours Abound Around Downtown Kelowna’s Storefronts

Hello Kelowna Staff | April 5, 2018

Here are some quick bits on what’s happening around our downtown. The von Mandl…


There will be more public consultation on busking before the bylaws introduced earlier in the week are finally amended.

The Long Weekend Recap – Local News from the Week March 25-April 2

Jason Stewart | April 1, 2018

Every Sunday we recap local lifestyle and culture news that you may have missed…


Feel Left Out of Kelowna's Housing Discussion? Have Your Say Here!

Feel Left Out of Kelowna’s Housing Discussion? Have Your Say Here!

Hello Kelowna Staff | March 27, 2018

We have certainly heard from Kelowna and West Kelowna’s councils about where they stand…


The Sunday Recap – Local News from the Week March 18-25

Jason Stewart | March 25, 2018

Every Sunday we’ll recap local lifestyle and culture news that you may have missed…


Kelowna late winter 2016. Photo: Hello Kelowna.

Healthy Housing, Kelowna and the Speculation Tax

Jason Stewart | March 19, 2018

The Real Estate Services Manager for the City of Kelowna recently submitted a report…


A photo from Aliki Salmas' new coffee table book called Vineyard Dogs of the Okanagan.

The Sunday Recap – Local News from the Week March 12-18

Hello Kelowna Staff | March 18, 2018

Every Sunday we’ll recap local lifestyle and culture news that you may have missed…


My morning coffee ritual this week was greeted with tweets, links, and posts from local media claiming that Kelowna is against the new spec tax.

Opinion: Is Kelowna Media Manufacturing Consent Against the Spec Tax?

Chantal Weill | March 11, 2018

As this week progressed, our local media continually updated us on the city’s position…


Barrel tastings, winemaker's dinners, parties, learning opportunities and more at the Spring Okanagan WIne Festival.

The Spring Okanagan Wine Festival is About to Wrap Up – Our Round Up of Events

Hello Kelowna Staff | March 9, 2018

It’s that time of year again. The wineries may be working hard all year…


New Town Services is proposing this 15 storey tower to fit into the South Pandosy neighbourhood. Note the couple catching a moment in the foreground by the Suzuki during this magic hour.

The Sunday Recap – Local News from the Week March 5-11

Hello Kelowna Staff | March 9, 2018

Every Sunday we recap local lifestyle and culture news from the past week. This…


The outdoor lights are programmed to come on, but nobody's been home since September.

The New BC Speculation Tax and the Foreign Buyers Tax

Chantal Weill | March 4, 2018

The BC government introduced measures to increase affordability in Kelowna and West Kelowna’s out-of-province-influenced…


The new hotel rendering incorporated into the existing Queensway area. Photo collage by Hello Kelowna.

The Westcorp Hotel Gets its City Council Stamp of Approval

Jason Stewart | February 24, 2018

Following an extremely long city council meeting that ended well past midnight this past…


Poplar Grove at the entrance to the Naramata Bench.

The Sunday Recap – Local News from the Week Feb 12-18

Jason Stewart | February 18, 2018

Every Sunday we recap local lifestyle and culture news from the past week. This…


Kelowna West By-election Part 3: What to Watch For

Chantal Weill | February 13, 2018

Hey-ho Kelowna West! Tomorrow’s the big day to finally send someone to Victoria to…


Dining Out to End Homelessness at La Lupita Hosted by Inn From the Cold.

The Sunday Recap – Local News from the Week Feb 5-11

Hello Kelowna Staff | February 11, 2018

Every Sunday we recap local lifestyle and culture news that you may have missed…


All Candidates Forum Downtown – What they Said

Kelowna West By-election Part 2: All Candidates Forum Downtown – What they Said

Hello Kelowna Staff | February 4, 2018

Friday’s lunchtime brown bag All Candidates Forum for the upcoming Kelowna West by-election was…


Chef Alex Chen's parfait of wild BC shellfish, northern divine caviar & bulls kelp "brioche".

The Canadian Culinary Championships in Pictures

Jason Stewart | February 4, 2018

The Canadian culinary scene descended on Kelowna these past two days for The Canadian…


There's tons of ways to get snuggly with your SO in the Okanagan this Valentine's Day.

Va-Va-Va Valentine! Hot Dates in the Okanagan

Hello Kelowna Staff | February 3, 2018

For Valentines and Galentines, Tinder dates and soul mates, this February 14th (along with…


Clement Business Park will feature 24 units, each with approximately 160 square metres of first-floor space.

Industrial Chic? Proposals are in for the Clement Corridor

Jason Stewart | February 1, 2018

With five buildings to be developed on the wide swath of vacant land along…


Summerland's TH Wines opens their doors Easter weekend.

The Sunday Recap – Local News from the Week, Jan 22-28

Jason Stewart | January 28, 2018

Every Sunday we’ll recap local lifestyle and culture news that you may have missed…


Candidates right to left: Robert Stupka (Green), Shelley Cook (NDP), MLA Ben Stewart (BC Liberals), and Kyle Geronazzo (Libertarian).

Kelowna West By-election Part 1: Meet the Candidates

Hello Kelowna Staff | January 25, 2018

The by-election for the dropout Christy Clark’s Kelowna West seat in the BC legislature…


Towne Centre Mall is set to become The District.

The Towne Centre Mall Set to Become “The District”

Jason Stewart | January 24, 2018

On Monday, city council approved the renovation plans for the Towne Centre Mall on…


The new 32 storey hotel from Westcorp.

Downtown Kelowna Hotel Proposal Goes Before Council February 20th

Hello Kelowna Staff | January 22, 2018

In advance of Westcorp’s meeting with city council next month regarding their ambitious and…


Bike sharing in Kelowna? (photo by Christina Moro)

The Sunday Recap – Local News from the Week, Jan 15-21

Hello Kelowna Staff | January 21, 2018

Every Sunday we’ll recap local lifestyle and culture news that you may have missed…


Aqua features approximately 350 homes in three residential buildings.

Mission Group’s Aqua is Approved by the City

Jason Stewart | January 16, 2018

On Tuesday night, Kelowna city council in an 8-1 vote, approved plans for the…


Local News from the week.

The Sunday Recap – Local News from the Week, Jan 8-14

Hello Kelowna Staff | January 13, 2018

Every Sunday we’ll recap local lifestyle and culture news that you may have missed…


Anagram Properties / MQN Architects proposal for Clement Ave.

Rental Housing Project Proposed for Clement Ave.

Jason Stewart | January 11, 2018

You’ve probably seen the row of houses with sold signs across from the new…


Jonathan Nimerfroh captured this slurpee wave.

Five Web Dives for January 8

Jason Stewart | January 8, 2018

Welcome back to Five Dives. Occasionally, we’ll emerge from the internet depths and bring…


BC Bubbly 101: Frizzante, Pét Nat and Traditional

BC Bubbly 101: Frizzante, Pét Nat and Traditional Method Sparklers

Chantal Weill | December 29, 2017

Lucky us! Not only do we live in the heart of wine country, but…


The Ultimate Okanagan Mountain Round Up

The Ultimate Okanagan Mountain Round Up

Chantal Weill | December 25, 2017

Snow is piling up in BC, and the Okanagan mountains and resorts are gearing…


Top 10 Movies, TV Series and Songs – Mega List of 2017

Top 10 Movies, TV Series and Songs – Mega List of 2017

Hello Kelowna Staff | December 17, 2017

It’s that picky time of year again, and honestly we’re grateful. As we begin…


Five Web Dives for December 18

Five Web Dives for December 18

Hello Kelowna Staff | December 12, 2017

Welcome back to Five Dives. Every Monday, we’ll emerge from the internet depths and…


Five Web Dives for December 11

Five Web Dives for December 11

Hello Kelowna Staff | December 11, 2017

Welcome to the fourth installment of our new feature, Five Dives. Every Monday, we’ll…


The Naramata Packing House Land Has A Buyer

The Naramata Packing House Land Has A Buyer

Jason Stewart | December 6, 2017

The small quiet waterfront village of Naramata, known for its seat in the heart…


Five Web Dives for November 27

Five Web Dives for December 4

Hello Kelowna Staff | December 4, 2017

Welcome to the third installment of our new feature, Five Dives. Every Monday, we’ll…


The New Tourism Centre Broke Ground - Why Do Some People Still Have a Problem With It?

The New Tourism Centre Broke Ground – Why Do Some People Still Have a Problem With It?

Hello Kelowna Staff | December 1, 2017

Tourism Kelowna recently broke ground on their new location by Kerry Park, and the…


Five Web Dives for December 4

Five Web Dives for November 27

Hello Kelowna Staff | November 27, 2017

Welcome to our new feature, Five Dives. Every Monday, we’ll emerge from the internet…


Have You Seen the Latest Proposal for Capri Mall?

Have You Seen the Latest Proposal for Capri Mall?

Jason Stewart | November 27, 2017

A couple of weeks ago, the final public forum for the year discussing the…


Five Web Dives for November 20

Five Web Dives for November 20

Hello Kelowna Staff | November 20, 2017

Welcome to our new feature, Five Dives. Every Monday, we’ll emerge from the internet…


Sigh.

Imagine This: Downtown Kelowna has a New Movie Theatre

Jason Stewart | November 10, 2017

New theatre brings the movies back to downtown Kelowna!” Sounds cool sure, but would…


BC Craft Beer and the Power of Design

BC Craft Beer and the Power of Design

Chantal Weill | October 28, 2017

Recently the British Columbia Beer Awards bestowed the hardware and accolades on the best…


Does Downtown Kelowna Have a Parking Problem?

Does Downtown Kelowna Have a Parking Problem?

Jason Stewart | October 23, 2017

The nice thing about our charming downtown is that you don’t need a car…


Scary Monsters, Super Freaks. Art on the Dark Side.

Scary Monsters, Super Freaks. Art on the Dark Side.

Hello Kelowna Staff | October 18, 2017

All Hallows Eve may have worshipped the saints and other departed souls, or had…


Kelowna Can Haz Cat Café?

Kelowna Can Haz Cat Café?

Hello Kelowna Staff | September 21, 2017

Following the success of a number of cat café launches across the country, Kelowna…


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