At Cherry Blossom Acupuncture and Wellness, dedicated health practitioners shepherd clients on a holistic path toward well-being. During acupuncture treatments, registered acupuncturist Katrina Ao gently inserts hair-thin needles at strategic points to flush toxins and encourage circulation, liberating bodies from aches that interfere with "Hokey Pokey" competitions. Body Talk treatments invite clients to discuss health concerns with healer Emily Dickins, who then applies light pressure to the head and sternum in an effort to jump-start the body's natural healing abilities. During shiatsu massage, certified shiatsu practitioner Blaire Amber traces her fingers and palms across sore muscles and guides bodies through stretches and breathing techniques to balance the body's energy flow. Those seeking liberation from stress, anxiety, and fear of children singing never-ending songs may find relief in reiki. As clients sit quietly on a massage table, Amber lightly lays her hands on body parts in an effort to transfer healing energies and calm harried minds. Immaculate private rooms and plush treatment tables ensure soothing sessions.
The Okanagan Valley Newspaper Group's Kelowna Daily Courier and Penticton Herald arrive on doorsteps by 7 a.m. each day to keep subscribers up-to-date on local, national, and world news. Sports sections keep fans in the know about their favourite hockey and knitting teams while classifieds highlight local services and entertainment sections showcase movies and local artists. Each publication also boasts a lineup of columnists, with the Kelowna Daily Courier's wordsmiths focusing on issues such as health care. The Penticton Herald, founded in 1906, employs a team of experts who hone in on specific subjects, such as the Home and Garden section maintained by Scott Austin. Additionally, each paper's subscribers can consult a weekly edition of the TV Guide to plan ahead and rehearse laughing for their favourite sitcom.
The Okanagan Valley Newspaper Group keeps its fingers on the pulse of its neighbourhood as well. Through smaller publications such as the Westside Weekly, eVent, Okanagan Saturday, and Okanagan Sunday, journalists cover the news and events relevant to its smaller communities.
When resort guests want vacations from their vacations, the quadrilateral Beyond Wrapture Mind and Body Care transports them out of the country. The four spas have no airports, however—instead, they’ve simply named and modelled their spaces after coveted destinations. Both the Coast Capri Hotel and Big White Ski Resort embrace a meditative asian theme. Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa’s Manhattan room and Central Park pedicure stations evoke New York chic, whereas Lake Okanagan Resort Spa pairs its shoreline views with Moroccan-inspired baths and palatial treatment areas.
Despite their distinct designs, the spas share a common aim: simultaneous pampering of the body, mind, and soul. And although they mimic faraway settings, their services prioritize homegrown ingredients blended into their own essential oils, scrubs, and lotions for specialty procedures. Vinotherapy massages, for example, harness the healing properties of grape antioxidants with formulas made from local winery byproducts, including grape stems, skins, and pips, and overripe grapes that are about to mature into apples. The massages pair well with such luxurious services as honey-wine wraps and Okanagan grape-pip scrub.
Underground Music’s catalogue has taken decades to compile. The shop’s owners have been staples of the Kelowna vinyl-music scene since 1990, and they boast a combined 45-plus years of experience buying and selling music. All that cultivating has helped stock Underground Music’s shelves with hard-to-find gems and rarities, plus other memorabilia, including books, posters, and DVDs. The shop’s bargain bin alone houses thousands of records at discount prices, including timeless classics from Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and others.
Tweaked & Yummy curates one of the largest selections of vintage men’s and women’s clothing in Okanagan Valley, making retro pieces of wearable fashion available for purchase or rental in a cozy streetside boutique. Plaid pants ($35+) chill on metal girders above wood-panelled floors, while, like Donald Duck, rows of hanging disco shirts ($35+) prove that great style does not require pants. Suit up with a pair of '50s-style shoes ($26+) or a piece of handcrafted jewellery to subtly accent a contemporary outfit with time-tested style ($16+). Perfect for wooing nostalgic sweethearts and closing deals from within the trunk of a Coupe de Ville, a midcentury suit ($135+) remains the ideal complement to a midcentury prom dress ($135+) for a time-travelling date to the drive-in movie or root-beer-float stand.