Enderby & District Chamber of Commerce

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    Enderby & District Chamber of Commerce

    P.O. Box 1000, Enderby, BC V0E 1V0

    Telephone: 250-838-6727 | Fax: 250-838-0123 |

    NEWSLETTER April 16, 2010

    Table of Contents

    Welcome to Our Newest Member .......................................................... 1

    Business News ..................................................................................... 1

    Business and Community ...................................................................... 4

    Chamber Action .................................................................................... 4

    Recreation ............................................................................................ 5

    Mark Your Calendar .............................................................................. 6

    Member-To-Member Discounts ............................................................. 7

    Contact Us ............................................................................................ 8


    A warm welcome to our newest members: Debra Van Beers Notary Public, Mabel Lake Farms,

    and RiverTalk.

    We would like to thank our most recent members to renew for 2010: Armstrong/Enderby

    Massage Clinic, Ashley Furniture Homestore, BC 4-H Provincial Council, Enderby & District Arts

    Council, Enderby Pharmacy & Wellness Centre, Fresh Start Internet Solutions, Howard

    Johnson Inn, Penny Lochhead and William Brookfield, Lorenzo’s Cafe, New Millennium Cinemas, North Valley Frameworks, Pinnacle Organizational Performance Solutions, Shuswap

    Mfg. Home Sales, Song Bird Retreat and Tolt Away Farm.

    Thank you for your support!


    If you have news about your business that you would like to share, please send your

    announcements to

    Starlight Drive-In Opens for Season

    New Millennium Cinemas is pleased to announce the opening of the Starlight Drive-In Movie

    Theatre for the 2010 Summer Season. As it enters its ninth summer of providing affordable

    entertainment, moviegoers will continue to enjoy feature films on the largest outdoor movie

    screen in North America.

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    The Starlight Drive-In will open on April 30th, for weekends only, until June 25th, when it will be open 7 nights a week until Labour Day.

    As the Okanagan's only operating drive-in, the Starlight Drive-In Theatre will continue to bring Hollywood's latest blockbuster films to their family run business, in a safe, comfortable environment, all at the lowest prices around. The Starlight Drive-In is located just south of Enderby on Highway 97A.

    Larch Hills Wines Win Awards (Again!)

    Congratulations to Larch Hills Winery for winning two gold and one silver at the Cellars of the World wine tasting competition in Kelowna. The 2008 Ortega won gold in the Off-Dry White Category, the 2008 Madeleine Angevine won gold in the Dry White Category and the 2008

    Siegerrebe Late Harvest won silver in the Late Harvest White Category. Be sure to try these award winning wines.

    Pricing Strategy for Cedar Solutions & Millworks

    Cedar Solutions & Millworks continues to grow as it celebrates ten years in business. Over the years, it has built its reputation on the highest quality standards over a vast array of cedar products with its trademark “Northern Select” grade.

    In celebration of its tenth year, the company has introduced its most aggressive pricing strategy to thank residents of the North Okanagan for their ongoing support. In addition to price incentives, Cedar Solutions has introduced the “mini-lift” concept for even greater savings. Now

    the do-it-yourselfer can enjoy wholesale pricing on banded and packaged lifts in quantities that make sense for home and cottage.

    Located on Old Vernon Road, Cedar Solutions is open for yard sales, saving you money

    regardless of the size of your project! For more information call 250-838-0899.

    Mabel Lake Golf & Country Club Opens for the Season

    Mabel Lake Golf & Country Club is now open. The restaurant hours are 10am to 7pm weekdays thand 8am to 7pm Friday through Sunday. Men’s Night starts April 20 - call the Pro Shop for

    details at 250-838-0881. There is also an April Green fee special: $25 for 9 holes including a $5 food and beverage voucher. Ladies Open is on Saturday, June 12th. See for more details.

    Main Street Pizza Debuts New Lunch Menu

    On April 1, 2010, Main Street Pizza introduced its new lunch menu featuring pita wraps, deep fried perogies, fresh bread, and donairs. Mainstreet Pizza is now open from 11:30am to 8:30 pm, so come downtown and check it out.

    New Building Opens at Deep Creek Tool Museum

    Herb and Linda Higginbottom invite you to visit the Deep Creek Tool Museum. The new building is ready and full of new items found on display. With the new building, it makes the collection easier to view and fun for the whole family. Be sure to get your picture taken next to the World's Largest Lawnmower, on display at the tool museum.

    RiverTalk, A New Bi-Weekly Paper for Enderby & District

    RiverTalk is a "coffee-talk" paper similar to Salmon Arm A.M. One thousand copies will be printed and placed within Enderby & District’s restaurants and pubs, barber shops and hair salons, motels and hotels, dentist and doctor offices, and pretty well anywhere people have to April 16, 2010 Page 2 of 8

    sit down for a few minutes. It’s free. RiverTalk will cover community events from Kingfisher to Mara with an emphasis on community events, arts and entertainment. The first issue will be out at the end of April and cover the month of May. The second issue will be out at the end of May, and then twice monthly thereafter.

    The editor and publisher, Grant Russell, is no stranger to Enderby. He has lived in the Enderby area for the past twenty years, taught high school in Enderby and Salmon Arm and is a member of a number of community organizations. You may have seen him standing in front of the microphone introducing the next band in the Music by the River summer concerts. Show Case Success for Sun Tech Solar

    After a very successful Salmon Arm Home Show, Sun Tech Solar is busy with installations in Chase, Sorrento and Salmon Arm. Sun Tech Solar will have a display at the Armstrong Green Fair this coming weekend and will be at the Sicamous Home show in May.

    Save Big at Ashley Furniture Homestore

    Ashley Furniture Homestore is offering its Factory Authorized Red Tag Event. Spot the red tags throughout the store for huge savings. Pick up its flyer this week to view the many items on sale. Event Supplies for Weddings, Parties, and More

    Streamers Party Rentals has all you need for any occasion. It rents tables, chairs, dishes, wedding arches, decorations and sells balloons, napkins, and party supplies. It is open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 3pm on Saturdays.

    D&E Drive In Clarifies Impact of Highway 97 Changes

    Peter and Kathy, owners of D&E Drive In, issued the following statement regarding how their business will be affected by the highway changes:

    "The rumour that the Highway has bought us is false. [Highways is] only taking a small strip of land between our sign and the sidewalk, which is clearly marked with orange paint. It will not affect our parking or access to the restaurant. Highways has no plan to shut down or cut off access to Hubert Avenue during construction. During construction, Highways will provide flag people to ensure safe access to D&E Drive In and Hubert Avenue in general. In fact, Highways went back to the drawing board with their plan to make sure that our restaurant's parking lot would not get cut down too much. They re-designed the picnic area to make better use of our space.

    "After construction is complete, the new lights with turning lanes and advanced green left turn signals will make turning onto Hubert much quicker. For the D&E Drive In, it means northbound highway traffic will be able to turn into our restaurant without the stress of holding up traffic behind them."

    On another note, be sure to stop by and try one of D&E's blueberry milkshakes, made with real blueberries and real dairy. I recommend it!

    BC 4-H Provincial Club Week

    Forty-nine Senior BC 4-H members shared the excitement during a week-long conference focusing on personal development and leadership. The group of 16 to 19 year olds from around the province travelled to the Naramata Centre for Continuing Education during their spring break. The week was filled with making new friendships and finding out how the 2010 theme, "Journey of Exploration," can impact their lives. Delegates were challenged to test boundaries and expand perspectives through small group interaction, and by working productively on April 16, 2010 Page 3 of 8

    committees, developing their team building and presentation skills. Delegates have returned home more confident with stronger leadership, enthusiastic team spirit, and improved communication skills.

    Cobwebs Retirement Sale

    Julie Warhurst will be retiring at the end of this year from Cobwebs Antiques and Gifts. To celebrate this, she is offering a retirement sale. All inventories will be exempt from PST and GST and selected inventory marked with a red X is an additional 30% off.


    There are many ways in which local business gives back to our community. This section describes some of those activities and contributions.

    Solar Energy Businesses Donate to Local Causes

    Dave Simon of Sun Tech Solar, along with Wally Garrod of Key Solar in Vernon, have donated their time to install a two-panel Enerworks System and a two-panel Solar Air system on the Sounds of Light Multicultural Society's vertical log home prototype, east of Enderby. Building a Tower of Care Report

    From the campaign committee:

    "In 2008, a 7 million dollar goal seemed onerous. Today, we are half way there thanks to generous donations, large or small, in support of medical equipment for our new Patient Care Tower at Vernon Jubilee Hospital. Support locally has been terrific. The Enderby Senior Citizens Complex Society, Enderby & District Arts Council, and Royal Canadian Legion #98 have given generously.

    We have a ways to go and we still need community support. To learn more about the Campaign, go to


    Federal Ownership of Railway Supported by Spallumcheen, Enderby, and Vernon Councils

    The Chamber's initiative to restore the operation of the railroad from Armstrong to Grindrod has been gathering steam! We are encouraging all local governments in the area to unit in encouraging the federal government to take possession of the railroad if a private buyer is not found. The loss of the railroad will have a significant economic impact on our region, so please encourage your elected officials to support this process.

    On a related note, the Intermodal Facility Feasibility Study, commissioned by the City of Vernon and emerging from the Chamber's work with Vision North Okanagan, will be released once it has been approved by Vernon City Council.

    River Ambassador Program

    We are hard at work on the design of this program, and preparing for delivery this summer. The goal of this program will be to provide education and awareness to recreational users in a positive and proactive way. Many local partners have already come forward in support of this April 16, 2010 Page 4 of 8

    initiative and we are currently waiting (with our fingers crossed) on two other funding applications. Look for teams of river ambassadors out this summer. Cliff Avenue Business Meeting

    The Chamber has been working with Cliff Avenue business owners to develop a plan and vision related to the highway improvements slated to begin this September. A meeting on March 25 resulted in the creation of a position paper, which is currently being reviewed by business owners. Once accepted, it will form the basis for the Chamber's position on this matter. HST Transition Seminar for Enderby Business Owners

    The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is offering free seminars, hosted by the Enderby & District Chamber of Commerce, to help businesses make a smooth transition to the Harmonized Sales tax (HST) in time for July 1, 2010. Find out what steps you need to take to prepare for the changeover and how the HST will affect your business.

    Seating is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot. Please contact the Enderby & District Chamber of Commerce at 250-838-6727 to reserve your spot for either the 10am to 12pm session or the 1:30pm to 3:30pm session on April 27, 2010.

    Social Media Marketing Course Coming Soon

    The Chamber is currently wrapping up the details on bringing in the talented and exciting Allison Markin, of All She Wrote Consulting, to speak to Chamber members about the advantages and effective use of social media such as Twitter and Facebook. Social media is the next horizon in marketing and represents a potentially significant source of new revenue for your business, provided you have the right plan and resources in place. Once the details are finalized, an invitation will be emailed to Chamber members.

    Chamber Mission, Vision, Values, and Bylaws Revised

    In our ongoing effort to keep our organization operating in a modern and efficient way, the Chamber board of directors and committees have recently completed revisions of our mission, vision, and values statements as well as overhauling our bylaws. All documents will be voted upon by membership at the next general meeting (likely our AGM) and will then be forwarded to the minister for approval.


    Drop by the Chamber and pick up the new Spring 2010 Recreation newsletter!

    Tai Chi

    Experience the gentle, flowing movements of Tai Chi while treating yourself to a whole-body workout. Tai Chi is held at the Enderby Seniors Complex on Mondays and Fridays from 9:00am to 10:00am. Call 250-838-7541 for more information.


    Enjoy gentle aerobics, stretching, and strengthening exercises at the Enderby Seniors Complex Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am to 10:00am. Call 250-838-7541 for more information. Cardio Blast

    Get moving to upbeat music with this low-impact class. Sure to get your heart pumping, this is perfect for intermediate and advanced exercisers. These classes are held at Interior Fitness on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30pm, call 250-838-6555 for more information.

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Strength and Toning

    Improve your balance and core strength and tone your body in this non-aerobic conditioning class at Interior Fitness on Mondays at 5:30pm. Call 250-838-6555 for more information. Zumba Dance

    Registrations for Zumba are currently being accepted for Wednesdays from 7-8pm from March 24 to April 28 and Saturdays from 9:30-10:30am from March 22 to May 8 (no class April 24). Contact the Susan Paisley School of Dance at 250-546-0308.

    Super Sonic Movers

    This dance class is designed to meet the energy of 6 to 8 year old boys! Register now for Friday classes from 4-4:45pm from March 26 to May 7 (with no class April 2). Contact the Susan Paisley School of Dance at 250-546-0308.


    Enjoy the slow and gentle movements of Yoga while stretching and strengthening your body. Beginners’ classes are offered on Wednesdays from 6-7pm; Intermediate Classes are offered

    on Mondays from 7-8:15pm and Tuesdays from 9:30-10:45am and 7-8:15pm. Call Allison at 250-838-0029 to register.

    Iyengar Yoga

    Develop strength, stamina, flexibility, balance, and concentration while promoting physical and spiritual well-being with Iyengar Yoga. Level 1 classes are offered Thursdays from 7-8:30pm and Level 2 classes are offered Wednesdays from 9-10:30am. Call Laurie at 250-832-0367 to register.

    Roller Derby

    The River Town Rollergirls will be practicing on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30-7pm at the Enderby Arena. Drop-ins are welcome. For more information, contact Carrie at 250-838-0563.


    Slo-pitch leagues have started up for the season. Ladies’ are practicing on Mondays from 5-

    8pm, Men’s are practicing on Wednesdays from 6-9pm, and Mixed are practicing on Fridays

    from 6:30pm to 10:30pm. For more information, contact 250-838-2665.

    Minor Lacrosse

    The Shuswap Minor Lacrosse is practicing at the Enderby Arena on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-9pm. For more information, visit


    Chamber members: Please contact us if you have an event which you would like to add to this section of our newsletter and our online calendar.

    Fink Machine Open House

    In order to celebrate its state of the art bio-energy heating systems and revolutionary wood heating technology, Fink Machine is having a Kob Boiler Open House on April 21-22 from 9am to 4pm. Kob (pronounced KURB) biomass boilers produce a near perfect combustion of over 90% with features including auto de-ashing, pneumatic air cleaning and moving fire grate floors. April 16, 2010 Page 6 of 8

    This enables low maintenance heating for decades. Visit their display at 124 Old Vernon Road. For more information call 250-838-0077.

    Open Air Market 2010

    The Open Air Market, located at the Maud Street parking lot, will begin its 2010 season on April 23. The market will go every Friday from 9am to 1pm until October. You will find baking, arts, and other specialties made by locals. For more information call Faye Wellington at 250-838-0065.

    Rockin n’ Rollin Fundraiser

    The River Town Girls (local roller derby team) is having a fundraiser at the Riverfront Pub in Grindrod on April 24, 2010 from 8pm to 1am. There will be live music, a silent auction, 50/50 tickets, door prizes, $2 signature shooter and t-shirts and hats for sale.

    Tickets can be purchased for $10 at Riverfront Pub, Williamson Automotive, Bombshells Tanning & Esthetics, Pinz Boardshop & Piercing Studio and Ashton Creek General Store or $12 at the door.

    Garden Club Annual Plant and Manure Sale

    This sale will take place Saturday, May 1 at the Gazebo in Riverside Park beginning at 8am. Plants will be sold from $1 to $10, including exotic canna lilies. 35 pound bags of goat manure will be sold at $2.50. This is a fundraiser for community projects such as tree planting and maintenance of Cornerstone Garden.

    Lower Shuswap Stewardship Society AGM

    The Lower Shuswap Stewardship Society will host its first Annual General Meeting at 7pm on May 5th at Riverside Hall. The business of the meeting will include committee and financial reports as well as election of directors. If you are not currently a member, you will be able to purchase your membership at the meeting.

    LSSS has some exciting guest speakers lined up for the evening. Mike Wallace and Jaime Feldhauer of the Salmon River Watershed Society will be giving a presentation highlighting the ongoing restoration projects on the Salmon River. Bob Harding, Stewardship Coordinator from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, will also be speaking at the meeting and will present the preliminary results of Step One of the Mabel Lake and Shuswap River Watershed Mapping Project.


    Start networking and encouraging business today by offering a business-to-business discount. Contact for more information.


    The Vernon Morning Star is offering Chamber members 25% off on their first advertising purchase of 2010. Drop by the Chamber to pick up your discount certificate.


    Chamber members are invited to enjoy a 10% discount off of their retail crystal purchases on designated open warehouse days at The Crystal Man Wholesale. Keep reading this newsletter for information on the next open warehouse day.

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Flower Design and Delivery

    Sue Gairns, owner of Enderby Flower Design and Delivery, is pleased to offer 10% off flower arrangements for Chamber members. Call 250-938-3522 for more information or to place an order.

    Furniture and Appliances

    Ashley Furniture Home Store is offering a discount to owners of businesses and organizations who are current Chamber members. The discount offered will be 20% off of furniture and contractors’ pricing on appliances.

    Gym Membership

    Get a discount on getting in shape! Interior Fitness offers all local business owners 10% off of the purchase of a gym membership. Just drop by the Chamber of Commerce and ask for a letter confirming your Chamber membership. Bring that letter to Interior Fitness when you are ready to purchase your membership and get 10% knocked off the price.

    Personal Training

    Penny Lochhead is pleased to offer a 10% discount on her personal training services. For more information or to book your appointment call 250-838-0425.

    Real Estate

    Ester Gerlof, with Century 21 Executives Realty, will double the Airmiles points earned on the sale of real estate for Chamber members who list with Ester. This comes down to 4 Airmiles points per $1000 dollar sale price. Visit or call 250-803-8814 for more

    information and a free market analysis.

    Tanning and Beauty

    Bombshells Tanning & Esthetics is now offering special discounts to Chamber members. Receive $5.00 off of any tanning package or $5 off of gel fingernails and toenails. CONTACT US

    Would you like more information about how the Chamber can serve you? Please give the Chamber a call so that we can schedule an appointment.

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