Local Restaurants While Home for the Holidays

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Being Home for the Holidays is the perfect time to try some of the great local restaurants we have here in Kelowna this holiday season. Make sure to take a break from all of that Christmas shopping and check out their happy hour

One Big Table

One Big Table is a Cooperative- owned grocery store that provides seasonal fruits and vegetables, free-range meats and eggs, artisan cheeses and bread to the community. This hidden gem also makes some great sandwiches, Soups, and Salads that taste great but also make you feel great as all of their products are local – there’s something nice about knowing where you’re food comes from isn’t there?

Location: 1440 St Paul St, Kelowna, BC

 

Raudz Micro bites

Nothing like daily happy hour at a spot that has not only great drinks but delicious food as well. Microbar + bites specialize in global plates, charcuterie & cocktails with an international touch.  Micro bites + bar have made a small space, great. With every fixture and tabletop a piece of art it is a go-to if you are home for the holidays this season.

Location: 1500 Water St, Kelowna, BC

 

BNA Brewing Co. – Eatery

In the building that used to house The British North American Tobacco Company, BNA is a brewer + eatery that is devoted to celebrating the history of 1250 Ellis Street. With the history sprouts a Rustic brewer + eatery with great energy and even better food, there is no better combo for the holidays

Location: 1250 Ellis Street, Kelowna, B.C

 

Krafty Kitchen + Bar 

Krafty Kitchen +Bar is a casual eatery and bar that believes in High-quality food in an upbeat and social atmosphere. All of their ingredients are farm to table, minimally processed and handled with the utmost care. If you are home for the holidays make sure to take a break from all that Christmas shopping and stop in for a beer and an appy

 

Location: 281 Lawrence Ave, Kelowna, BC

 

Salt and Brick

Salt and Brick Is a culinary experience like none other, there are fresh sheet menus created daily with one of a kind food and 101 local wines there is something for everyone. Salt and brick feature wines with a special focus on the smaller wineries that one would not experience on a trip to the Okanagan. Salt and brick is located on Bernard Avenue, the hotspot of Kelowna making it a perfect spot to stop if you’re home this holiday season

Location: 243 Bernard Ave, Kelowna, BC

 

Waterfront Wines

Waterfront Wines Kelowna

Waterfront Wines uses only fresh, local ingredients in each of their delicious and creative dishes, they even have a list of all the local farms they use in their dishes every day!. They are committed to making your dining experience exceptional and approachable. Waterfront Wines was named  ‘Best Okanagan Restaurant’ at the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards the last eleven years in a row so they must be doing something right!

Location: 1180 Sunset Dr #104, Kelowna, BC

 

If you are looking for Kelowna real estate within close proximity of great events and restaurants, contact the team at Quincy Vrecko and Associates. Our team of professional Kelowna real estate agents is ready to assist you with your next Kelowna home purchase. 

Kelowna Shops While Home for the Holidays

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Being Home for the Holidays can be a bit overwhelming with all the events, shopping and family suppers, here at Quincy Vrecko and Associates we thought we would try and make the holiday season a little less stressfull so you can truly enjoy this cheerful time.

Morgane

Morgane is located in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. This Woman Clothing store has a vision to always provide a personal and enthusiastic styling experience. Morgane will help you look good and feel comfortable in the clothing you wear no matter where or what you are doing. This Boutique perfect place to stop by if you are home for the holidays

 

Location:1393 Ellis St, Kelowna, B.C

 

European Goldsmith

European Goldsmiths was founded by John and Kim Berg in 1996, European Goldsmith Fine Jewellery is a family-owned and operated jewelry store in Kelowna, BC. Their warm and welcoming staff truly love the industry and appreciate the ability to be part of your special moment. When you visit European Goldsmith, you get to discover what feelings look like.

Location: 109 – 2900 Pandosy St, Kelowna, B.C

 

Macdermott’s

MacDermott’s has been the luxury shopping destination in Kelowna since 1995 and has been a one-stop-shop for modern men’s business wear ever since. This beautiful shop carries a large selection of premium brands and was voted ‘Best in Men’s Clothing in Kelowna’ for multiple years, MacDermott’s reputation for modern style and customer service is what makes it a need to see if you are home for the holidays this season 

Location:565 Bernard Ave, Kelowna, B.C

 

 

Karat Chocolate and Pastry Boutique

Karat Chocolate and Pastry Boutique located in the Heart of Kelowna this magnificent small-batch chocolate company focuses on bringing you the freshest essentials to make your day perfect. Each bar and chocolate is carefully crafted and wrapped by hand. If you are home for the holidays this season make sure to treat yourself to a cup of Phil & Sabastian coffee and some Signature Karat Chocolates

  Location: 1526 Ellis Street, Kelowna, B.C

Mosiac Kelowna

Mosiac Book Store

Mosiac Book Store carries over 6,000 bargain-priced books that are generally 50-70% off the list price, this includes new releases and popular sellers. This book store doesn’t stop at books, they carry jigsaw puzzles and board games too!

Location: 411 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna, BC

 

Lakehouse Downtown Kelowna

LAKEHOUSE

LAKEHOUSE is a family-owned and operated “lifestyle store”, combining unique ingredients to create an exceptional and unexpected experience. Thye have sourced hundreds of suppliers from around the world to bring the people of Kelowna a fresh new style. LAKEHOUSE has something for everyone including kitchen, furniture, home décor, wine and bar, and giftware.

  Locations: 100 – 510 Bernard Ave, Kelowna, B.C + 1264 Ellis Street, Kelowna, B.C

 

Home for the Holidays: Holiday Events

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Staying home for the holidays is always such a nice treat, no worry about traveling, no stress about the bad weather roads. We are so lucky that Kelowna is so full of talented and creative local vendors and planners. One of the greatest joys is going to holiday events and Kelowna is overflowing with great options. Enjoy everything from treats to lights, skating to Santa, and all that falls between. This December Kelowna is boasting with a holiday event almost every day. To help you relieve the stress of choosing the right one for you here is a curated list of our favourites.

Kelowna Winter Night Market

Downtown Kelowna’s Light Up and Winter Street Market. If you are looking for the perfect holiday event to get in the Christmas spirit what better way to do so than to snuggle up next to a big fire while sipping hot chocolate or enjoying all of those classic sweet treats you have come to expect from a holiday event, or maybe the savory treats are more your style, that is no problem as your favourite food trucks will be parked and ready for you. December 1st is the perfect date to start (or continue if you are already well in the Christmas spirit) the holiday festivities. With the promise of fun for the whole family, you won’t want to miss this event.

Mission Hill Tree Festival

If you are looking for winter fun that is also philanthropic, Mission Hill Winery’s Festival of Lights is the holiday event for you. From November 22nd until January 4th you can take in the lights during Mission Hill’s winery hours. This spectacular event offers more than just a beautifully illuminated forest, you will also be able to enjoy mulled wine, hot chocolate, food stations, and entertainment. This year’s entertainment is provided by Kelowna’s very own Mt. Boucherie Secondary school jazz band and choir, Dereck Joel, and others. This event is in support of the BC Children’s Hospital, which provides countless benefits to so many families across the province.

Sensitive Santa

On December 8th and 15th for the fifth year in a row Autism Okanagan and Tracey and Quincy Vrecko of Re/Max Kelowna present a wonderful evening for families with members on the Autism Spectrum to enjoy. Orchard park mall will be open after hours offering a sensory-friendly environment with the lights dimmed and music off. This will allow families to create those traditional Holiday memories that children living on the spectrum can be otherwise too sensitive to enjoy. Santa will be there meeting with each child and family individually. Families are able to book a designated time slot in advance allowing no crowds or lines. This sensitive Santa experience is just another reason we love Kelowna’s Holiday Events. Not all holiday events are designed with everyone in mind, but this one is special. For more on past events look here.

 

West Kelowna Holiday Events

December 2, 2019. Located at the Mt. Boucherie Community Centre on Cameron Road. Head over to West Kelowna for a chance to skate with Santa hosted by I Heat Radio. Hot Chocolate and Timbits provided by Tim Hortons. This is a free family event guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s face. Mt. Boucherie Community Centre is also offering cookie decorating and other family activities if you still want to see Santa but skating isn’t for you. West Kelowna also hosts a City Centre Light Up on December 7, 2019, along Brown Road.

Craft Fairs

What are the holidays without craft fairs? With more and more people becoming conscious of where the things they purchase are coming from and how they are made, the local crafter’s markets are the ideal spot to pick up gifts for the whole family. From children’s toys to home décor, baked goods to body products and everything in between finding the perfect craft fair is key. Here is a list of our favourite craft fairs;

 Craft Culture:

December 7-8, 2019 located at Prospera Place. This event offers a swag bag full of vendor goodies to the first 50 people through the door both days. Admission is only $5 and supports the local Mamas for Mamas Charity.

Christmas Time:

December 7-8, 2019. Located at 421 Cawston Ave. Artisans Showcase presents Christmas Time. Free admission for this holiday event.  With over 60 vendors, food trucks, and activities to keep the kids entertained this is the perfect holiday event for the whole family. Don’t forget your donation to the food bank!

Winter Moon Makers Market:

December 15. Located at the Laurel Packinghouse. Be one of the first 75 people through the door and receive a swag bag. Buy your ticket online through Eventbrite for $3 or at the door for $5. This is a curated craft fair with that puts an emphasis on local handmade goods.

Kelowna Etsy Collective Holiday Pop Up Market

December 15, 2019, located ar 1125 Richter St. If the name isn’t enough of a mouthful then the delicious treats you will find here sure will be. Sandhill’s tasting room will remain open during this event. Offering a chance to shop from all of your favourite Okanagan Etsy brands in an in-person environment doesn’t come along every day. Kelowna’s Etsy Collective Holiday Market boasts that husbands are welcome for that perfect last-minute shopping spree we all go on. You will find one-of-a-kind gifts and scrumptious holiday treats.

Grab your reusable shopping bags and a donation to the local food bank and we will see you there!

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If you are looking for Kelowna real estate within close proximity of fun activities indoor and outdoor, contact the team at Quincy Vrecko and Associates (250) 868-3602. Our team of professional Kelowna real estate agents is ready to assist you with your next Kelowna home purchase.