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News and Rumours Abound Around Downtown Kelowna’s Storefronts

Hello Kelowna Staff | April 5, 2018
News and Rumours Abound Around Downtown Kelowna’s Storefronts
Mission Hill Winery now owns this historic building on Water.
Mission Hill Winery now owns this historic building on Water.

Here are some quick bits on what’s happening around our downtown. The von Mandl empire expands again with the Mission Hill Winery’s purchase of the old Keg building on Water Street. We’re not sure exactly when that happened, but the von Mandl group now owns the beautiful historic former Kelowna Courier building that saw The Keg arrive in 1993, and operate until the end of 2014 when a dispute with the owners of the new Keg off Hwy 97 forced it to close. While some work has begun inside, its new owners are remaining mum on what the location will be. They’re a busy bunch – we’re also waiting for their big reveal of their ambitious CedarCreek year-round restaurant and wine club facilities this summer.

A couple of blocks east, DunnEnzies continues to work on the space that Milkcrate Records used to occupy before they moved to Lawrence. They’ve knocked down the wall that separated the two spaces, and are expanding presumably to offer a seating area. I’d also guess that the expansion is in anticipation of Mission Group’s other 20 storey, 116-unit concrete tower Ella being finished in 2019, located directly across the street from them.

Local chitchat has it that, Lakehouse, the home store with all the things I would pack my kitchen with if I could afford it, is opening a new location on a floor of the three storey beautiful old industrial building beside BNA and MotoVida. A portion of the building houses BNA’s beer tanks, and an elevator is currently being built along the north side to take patrons up to BNA’s new bowling alley that is expected to open in early June. We’re not sure what Lakehouse has in mind, and no doubt the condo boom on that corner has something to do with it, but we’re holding out hope it’s to make room for larger cooking classes (they always sell out, and I really want to learn to make pasta dammit).

The Curious Café on Ellis is closed for the time being due to a clean water flood inside the location. Their Instagram feed mentions that it could be a few weeks until they are open again.

The Salted Brick on Water served their last dinner last night for a while as the location undergoes renovations for a fresh new look.

Canoe Coffee Roasters will no longer be towing their cute coffee trailer to the Farmer’s Market to serve up coffee while you shop. The owners want to focus more on the Roastery located just off Gordon Drive at 1176 High Road. They will be missed at the market, but there new(ish) space will now be open 6 days a week, 8am to 4pm.

Last, but not least, Naked Cafe has opened their second location at 2009 Enterprise Way. The new location offers loyal customers a more centralized location where they can order their scrummy vegan eats more rapidly. The expansion now allows them to offer catering, and a Hot Lunch (aka Fun Lunch) program to local Kelowna elementary schools. Fantastic idea!

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