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.
Beauty Elements ranks among the premier purveyors of online beauty products, stocking brands from the likes of Catwalk, Kérastase, and Éminence while empowering shoppers with swift searching by brand, category, or price. Faces come clean under the two-in-one cleansing and skin-restoring might of Éminence's lime cleansing mask ($36.10/125 ml), enriching especially dry skin with extracts of tea, lime, bamboo, and the laughter tears of charitable angels. Lock in precious face water while adding a bit of bronze with the caramel-latte-tinted moisturizer ($39.38/35 ml), a lightweight formulation of shea butter, aloe, and jojoba oil that lends SPF 25 protection. Freshly buffed bodyscapes can then firm and smooth with a coating of guarana- and caffeine-rich Yummy Skin Curve Appeal body creme ($21.33/250 ml).
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.
The Wedding Café refreshes couples planning their big day with nuptial knowledge dished out alongside fair-trade organic coffee, salads, and paninis. The airy sky-blue-and-white dining room doubles as a resource centre where betrothed couples garner guidance from wedding planning books and magazines, browse brochures and reception-site menus, or connect to WiFi to run vows through plagiarism filters. As planners pour matcha green-tea lattes into mugs, they also dispense wedding advice, including referrals for trusted vendors.
Black café tables offer a calm space for planning ceremony details and finding the proper laser needed to cut the cake, but The Wedding Café dishes its fare out to non-planners just as joyfully. Paninis come equipped with accents such as cranberries or basil-pesto mayo to highlight chicken or turkey and complement a plate of Moroccan hummus with pita chips. Cupcakes, meanwhile, tap dance inside a glass display case, and wedding-themed merchandise waits to be gifted.
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.