At Argyll School of Performing Arts, instructors guide students of all ages through an extensive progression of ballet, tap, Pilates, and yoga classes. Founded in July 2009, they regularly lead teams of toe-tapping students in local group competitions.
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.
McCulloch Station Pub was named after Andrew McCulloch, the engineer responsible for connecting the Kooteneys to the Coast by rail. In similar fashion, the pub has become a connecting point for the community. The wood-accented bar, multi-tiered dining areas, and ornate stone fireplace that stretches from floor to lofted ceiling all give the space a laid-back vibe for patrons to grab a drink or bite to eat. The menu consists of classic pub fare such as gourmet burgers, thin-crust pizza, and salads. Patrons can also enjoy an ice-cold beverage at the full-service bar, or head to the on-site liquor store to grab some drinks to go.
At Mission Sports, the staff constantly updates their selection of premium gear, which includes equipment that spans the full gamut of athletic disciplines. Baseball enthusiasts and professional hot-potato players can peruse a wall of more than 100 gloves, or they can check out demo Easton bats to get a feel for the swing before making a purchase. Ice gliders can arm themselves with equipment from Bauer, including skates, protective pads, helmets, and hockey sticks. The shop also stocks general workout gear, including duffel bags, workout clothes, and shoes.
Although mambo 'taliano's mustard-yellow awning calls the eatery a "ristorante and piano bar," it's difficult to say which aspect has more influence. The chefs fully commit to the menu of traditional Italian staples by rolling pastas, curing Alaskan salmon, and making fresh mozzarella in-house. These sorts of touches add a homespun quality to dishes such as the spaghetti with pancetta and pecorino romano cheese, and the thin-pounded veal milanese with arugula and cherry tomatoes. To help prime palates, the appetizer selection features everything from marinated Sicilian olives to a shareable antipasto platter with cured meats and roasted vegetables. The aromatic herbs and the sight of diners enjoying meals at the outdoor patio help attract passersby, but so does the sound of live jazz emanating from the dining room. Solo pianists and ensembles aim to entertain patrons with soothing background melodies. Coupled with the sounds of spirited conversations, these performances help create a lively atmosphere where diners can comfortably enjoy a casual meal, a glass of wine, or an impromptu dance off.
The Marmalade Cat Café stands out among the restaurants, galleries, and spas crowding Pandosy Street. Purple flowers line the front porch in warm weather, matching the Victorian building’s boldly coloured facade and inviting passersby to literally stop and smell the flowers. The interior of the café is just as enticing. The aroma of hot coffee floods the air, and free WiFi begs guests to kick back with their laptops or books that they wish were laptops. Fresh-baked muffins, cookies, and pies—including gluten-free options provided by Prairie Creek Edibles—lie inside a glass display case, not far from where baristas pull shots of rooibos red espresso and create lattes and cappuccinos from cow’s milk or soy milk. Heartier appetites will find relief with one of The Marmalade Cat Café’s made-to-order sandwiches, such as the Sunshine bagel topped with two scrambled eggs and shredded cheddar or a roasted chicken sandwich paired with cranberry sauce. Like the desserts, all sandwiches can be made gluten-free.