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Feature Business Members

Feature Business Members

Frosted Tier Cakes

While Frosted Tier Cakes owner Mel Williams has been making her elaborately decorated cakes out of her home for several years, it was only this past year that she decided to open her own Armstrong storefront and reach a wider audience.

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Sprouted Fig

Since 2010, Vernon’s The Sprouted Fig has been serving up fresh, farm-sourced food. In that time it has cemented its reputation as a must-visit local eatery. For Beatrice Weir and David Scarlatescu, the pull of The Sprouted Fig recently compelled this mother-son duo to move from loyal customers to passionate owners.

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Imagine the Room Closets

Nearly three decades ago, Doug Sherwood started out installing closet systems for large North American retailer in Vancouver and lower mainland. Wanting to move to a smaller city, he decided to go to Kamloops where he saw an opportunity to manufacture his own closets. Today “Imagine the Room Closets” has expanded to an amazing 5,400 square foot space, which accommodates the manufacturing facility as well as the 1,600 square foot showroom.

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St Hubert and Oak Bay Vineyard & Estate Winery

In 1984, Leo Gebert came to the Okanagan Valley to start his own winery and purchased the J.W. Hughes Vineyard, which was planted in 1928. Two years later, Leo’s brother Andy joined him and they established St Hubertus and Oak Bay Vineyard & Estate Winery in 1992. The family-run, 76-acre certified transitional organic vineyard produces 170,000 bottles annually using estate grown grapes—a rarity in the Okanagan.

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Certified Automotive

Our business members Tyler De Smet and Kary Tainaka had both been working in auto dealerships for 20 years when they decided they could offer better value and a more reliable customer experience in the underserved West Kelowna marketplace. So in March, they opened Certified Automotive specializing in car maintenance for domestic, Asian and European import automobiles.

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Buy The Sea

Had one too many pulled pork sandwiches? Tired of the same old burgers? Our business services manager Alan was feeling the same lunchtime blues, fortunately the cure was close at hand with Buy The Sea Fresh Seafood Market & Fish n' Chip Shop. With locations in Penticton and West Kelowna, they are well-known as purveyors of the freshest fillets in town… but they also cook up that same freshness on-site with every order of their mouth-watering fish and chips!

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Chevron Triple O's

Craig from our Downtown Kelowna Branch was looking for some lunch the other day and he didn’t have to think too long about where to go – a legendary White Spot Triple O's burger was on his mind. Lucky for Craig, Valley First member Sonny Shafique operates four Chevron Triple-O’s locations in Kelowna so he didn’t have far to go.

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LocoLanding Adventure Park

Thriving Penticton business LocoLanding Adventure Park continues to go from strength to strength every year. Owner Diana Sterling shares her insights on what matters to her in a business banking relationship and why switching to Valley First made sense beyond saving money.

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The Wild Scallion

The Wild Scallion offers a few incredible chicken dishes, but most of the menu is devoted to global vegan cuisine – no gluten, no dairy, no sugar and no GMO. Since opening in 2011 as a small takeout only operation, they have expanded to accommodate dine-in patrons and a sidewalk patio right on colourful Front Street.

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Your Local Farmacy

Ben Robinson, our business banking advisor for the North Okanagan recently hit the road for Lumby to visit Shauna and Nevin Gavignan of Your Local Farmacy. Super-fresh and certified organic, these guys believe that "food is medicine" and they have the goods to prove it. They specialize in garlic but as you can see, they do plenty of other veggies as well - all of it the freshest, most flavourful and nutritionally-dense produce possible. No prescription necessary!

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True Colours Paint & Window Coverings

With spring arriving early in 2015, so has home renovation season. To get the latest info on paint, colour palettes and blinds, Heather, one of our business banking experts, paid a visit to credit union member John Kelly at True Colours Paint & Window Coverings in Penticton.

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