COVID-19: Who’s still open for business in Penticton?

Numerous Penticton businesses have been forced to close their doors due to the COVID-19 crisis, making it increasingly difficult to know where to go. This is a running list of businesses that remain open. (File photo)

Your guide to restaurants that remain open in Penticton in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis

As people adapt to social distancing and businesses in Penticton shut their doors or alter the way they operate due the global COVID-19 pandemic, it has become increasingly difficult to know what is still open and in what capacity.

Many restaurants and bars have closed for the foreseeable future, however a handful of others have stayed open for either take-out or delivery.

The following list is a compilation of restaurants and establishments in Penticton that remain open in some form despite the coronavirus crisis:

  • Villa Rosa Ristorante open for delivery and take-out
  • Upper Bench Winery open with regular hours
  • Time Winery open with altered hours
  • Tim Hortons open for take-out only
  • Ashoka Indian Cuisine open for take-out and delivery
  • Bad Tattoo Brewing open for delivery
  • Blenz Coffee open for take-out only
  • Brodo Kitchen open with altered hours for take-out and delivery
  • Cannery Brewing open for take-out only
  • Kojo Sushi open for take-out and delivery
  • Mykonos Pizza open for take-out and delivery
  • Poplar Grove Winery open with altered hours for take-out and delivery
  • Salty’s Beach House open for take-out and delivery
  • Salvation Army Food Bank open with regular hours
  • Shades on Main open for take-out only
  • Singletree Winery open with regular hours
  • Skaha Pizza open for take-out and delivery
  • Slackwater Brewing open for take-out only
  • Corleone’s Pizzaeria open with altered hours for take-out and delivery

All fast-food establishments in Penticton also remain open at this time, however dine-in service is not available.

All grocery stores remain open, with some offering special hours for seniors. London Drugs remains open and is dedicating an hour of opening time each day to healthcare workers.

Canadian Tire remains open.

Rona remains open.

Shoppers Drug Mart remains open.

All gas stations remain open.

Government liquor stores remain open.

As for medications, all Penticton pharmacies remain open with most offering a free delivery service. If you’re not sure if your pharmacy delivers, you are encouraged to call.

This list was comprised using data from the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce. The Western News recognizes that information is subject to change, and there may be other businesses who are continuing to serve the community and are not included in this list. If you wish to have your business added to an updated version of this list please email editor@pentictonwesternnews.com.

A Helpful Guide on Selling Your Home with Ease this Spring

As soon as spring rolls around, the “Home for Sale” signs start popping up all over BC like wildflowers. The Penticton real estate market is no different, and with the recent upswing in activity here, I’m frequently asked “What can I do to get my home ready to sell?” Here are a few tips to ensure your home sells fast and gets top dollar.

  1. Quit Calling It “Your” Home

If you’ve been in your home for a long time, selling can be an emotional rollercoaster, so let’s turn to Elsa from Frozen for advice: “Just let it go.” Stop thinking about it as “your home” and let go of the sentimental attachment you have to it. I know, I know. It sounds harsh but the sooner you accept that someone else will be living there, the sooner you can move on and focus on your new home. There are a few tricks that help with this: take the time to say goodbye to every room, recall the good times you’ve had there and picture the happiness of another family doing the same, or envision yourself handing over the keys to the new owners. Trust me, it helps.

  1. Pack Away Your Personal Stuff

What I said above about having an attachment to something? It affects potential buyers too. They have a hard time seeing past personal artifacts like family pictures and heirlooms because it causes them to think “I wonder who lives here?” instead of “I could see myself living here!” By taking down your stuff, potential buyers get a blank slate to envision their own pictures on the wall, free of any bias or distraction. Plus, you get a head start on packing.

 

 

  1. Organize

People love to snoop. It’s human nature. Buyers will go through everything, so take a bit of time to organize the little things in your home. Simple stuff like having neatly stacked dishes, turning coffee cups so the handles face the same way, or lining up miscellaneous items (shoes, spices, books, etc.) sends a message to anyone viewing your home that if you’re willing to organize the little things, you’ve probably taken care of the big things too.

  1. Clean and Repair

Ever been to a garage sale where things were worn out and dirty? Did it make you want to buy anything? If you weren’t willing to drop a toonie on something in bad condition, what do  you think the odds are someone will give you hundreds of thousands of dollars for your home if it’s filthy and falling apart? People want their new home to be move-in ready and doing a few minor repairs and making your house is spotless can add thousands to your asking price. Patch holes, fix leaky faucets, paint, replace burnt out light bulbs… it all adds up to the image of a more complete, well cared for home. This is a great checklist to help make sure your home looks its best.

There you go. This quick list should put you on the right path to selling your home. But you know what would help even more? Me! If you’re planning to put your Penticton home up for sale, get in touch. I’ll work with you to make sure we get the most value possible out of your current house and find you the ideal south Okanagan property to start making new memories in.

Property assessments continue to increase in the South Okanagan

Home owners in Summerland and Keremeos can expect some of the biggest increases in property value when their 2019 assessment notices arrive in their mailboxes over the next few days.

In Keremeos, the average assessed value for a single-family home has risen from $240,650 to $270,200, an increase of 12 per cent. In Summerland, it’s a 10 per cent increase, from $466,000 to $517,000.

At 18 and 17 per cent, respectively, Spallumcheen and Sicamous saw the biggest increases in the B.C. Assessment’s Thompson-Okanagan region.

Thompson-Okanagan assessor Katrina LeNoury said the majority of residential home owners in the Okanagan can expect a five to 15 per cent increase in their property assessment.

“It is very similar to last year,” said LeNoury, noting that the Okanagan has seen similar increases in property values over the last three years. “It would be fair to say there has been a cooling in the Vancouver market, but other regions are still seeing increases.”

Penticton, Oliver, Osoyoos, and Princeton all fall in the middle of that range, with increases of seven and eight per cent.

LeNoury emphasizes that these are averages, and individual home owners may experience larger or smaller increases than the average.

“Market values are based on local market demand and conditions,” she said.

Overall, the Okanagan’s total assessments increased from about $108 billion in 2018 to $118.6 billion this year with about $2.5 billion of that due to new construction, subdivisions and rezoning of properties.

The honor of the most expensive home in the Okanagan goes to Kelowna this year, where a waterfront property was assessed at more than $10.5 million.

According the B.C. Assesment’s annual report, most of the properties on the top 100 list fall into the West Kelowna and Kelowna area. The first smaller community to make it on the list is Coldstream, where a $6.177-million property is ranked at No. 39.

Across the province, though, the Okanagan doesn’t even make it into the top 500, which range from an $73.12-million home in Vancouver’s Point Grey neighbourhood to an $11.63-million home on the West Vancouver waterfront.

Dori Lionello, president of the South Okanagan Real Estate Board, said that January and February is traditionally a quieter time for real estate sales, but the local market has still been busy and there is still a number of cases of multiple offers being made from properties.

“Prices are stable, but we are not seeing the urgency on the part of Vancouver buyers,” said Lionello. “They are still coming, they still want to be here.”

If you are concerned about your property’s assessed value, LeNoury suggests contacting BC Assessment.

“I really would encourage property openers to look at our website. There has been quite a few changes this year to make it easier,” she said. That includes an interactive map and other user-friendly features to make it easier to find your property.

A phone call, she said, can also yield information that might help allay concerns, but if they do want to file an appeal, the deadline is Jan. 31.

“They have to file an appeal letter with us by Jan. 31,” said Le Noury. “We do encourage people to give us a call. A lot of times we can provide information on why it has changed.”

BC Assessment’s website at bcassessment.ca includes more details about 2019 assessments, property information and trends such as lists of 2019’s top valued residential properties across the province.

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New Year’s Eve Dinner – On New York TIME

Celebrate the coming year with a New York-inspired New Year’s Dinner experience at TIME Winery & Kitchen.

Tue  December 31, 2019  5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

$59 + taxes & gratuity per person (food only) 

Enjoy a celebratory bubbles toast with us at 9 pm, as we countdown to 2020 on New York TIME.

Visit our website for full menu details (6 pm and 9 pm seating available)

  1. Seating is limited. For reservations, please call 236-422-2556 or email chelsea@encorevineyards.ca

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