Stay Put- Shop Local!

by Nicole Pidherny

I was speaking with one of my fabulous guests the other day and we were discussing all the local stores in Kelowna that have been closing their doors in the recent months. It is so sad to see local retailers say good-bye and there is nobody to blame except ourselves! I have heard many times from, family, friends and guests that there are NO good places to shop in Kelowna and they travel elsewhere to get their fashion goods. Unfortunately this is the misconception locals have about Kelowna which leads to such unique boutiques having to close their doors, soon we’ll be left with generic outlet stores and mall brands…

We have so many hidden treasures in Sunny Ok that bode up-to-date, hip fashion trends. Whether it’s a simple piece of  jewellery from an inexpensive store or a breathtaking new top from a high end boutique, Kelowna has something for everybody. Hippie princess to a Grecian style goddess you can find some amazing one-of-a-kind pieces without the need to drive over one mountain pass or the other!


With Spring FINALLY showing her beautiful face treat yourself to some sunshine with a new article of clothing from a local store. Pandosy Village hosts a mecca of stores from the amazing New and Used treasures to be found at The Wardrobe, or hop across the street to the cozy house of Jigsaw.  You can spend a Saturday afternoon wandering the village finding much more than your bargained for. Of course, at the end of the block is one of my favourite local stores FRAKAS with everything from shoes, dresses and bags to amazing cocktail rings and fantastic head pieces it is impossible to be disappointed here!

Although Bernard is about to undergo a major facelift we cannot forget about our downtown boutiques and of course they include; urban chic with a twist, at Blonde downtown, and the ever fabulous high end consignment store S Store with a new location at 1603 Pandosy street. If shoes are your first love Downtown Shoes, orAshpalt will be your best friends. Around the corner in the cultural district you can find your wardrobe staples atD-lux boutique.

I truly believe in shopping local and I encourage all of you to do the same. We need to support one another and our fashion industry will continue to grow and thrive.

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