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Penticton Toyota wins fifth straight President's Award as it looks to rebuild following fire

Penticton Toyota perseveres

The picture says it all.

The proud employees of Penticton Toyota are standing in front of their burnt dealership, posing with their President’s Award that they captured for the fifth year in a row.

The image is a perfect illustration that the Penticton Toyota team is resilient, strong, hard-working and committed. And although the path over the next while will be a challenge, they are up for it.

The Penticton Toyota building suffered seven-figure-dollar damage when it was allegedly set on fire early on May 11. The dealership will continue to conduct business in an unaffected building on its property, but it has been forced to move its service area to another part of town.

Penticton Toyota will use its new used vehicle facility as its new headquarters. The 6,000 square-foot facility was constructed just last year after the business acquired an acre of land to the south of its original property and expanded.

"There is only one way to move, and that’s forward," general manager Larry Pidperyhora Jr. says. "This event will only make us closer as a team and motivate us even more to deliver the best service. The support we have received from the community has been overwhelming, and we are so grateful to have many friends and supporters to help us through this challenge.”

The fact that the Toyota dealer keeps winning the President’s Award shows that it will make this new situation work and will continue to put its clients first.

“It is because of the culture we have built with our staff and our customers that contributes to us winning this award," Pidperyhora Jr. says. "We have an ongoing commitment to excellence in serving our customers to the highest level.”

The President’s Award, after all, is the culmination of a dealer’s efforts in all areas of the dealership, including parts, service, new vehicles, used vehicles and customer satisfaction. The President’s Award is one of the highest honours a Toyota dealer can achieve, and the fact Penticton Toyota keeps winning it year after year speaks volumes.

The company knew it had won the President’s Award before the fire, but it was not presented with the hardware until after the devastating event. That made for a most unusual celebratory photo.

Penticton Toyota is unique in that it is a singularly owned dealership and not part of a dealer group. Larry Pidperyhora Sr., who has been with the business for three decades, is at the dealership nearly every single day, giving the business that small-town feel where everyone is welcome.

More information about Penticton Toyota can be found here.

This article is written by or on behalf of the sponsoring client and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.

Plenty to do this spring in Osoyoos, and two prize packages are up for grabs

Springtime in Osoyoos rules

The cool spring is showing signs of coming to an end, so it’s time to get out there and enjoy the outdoors.

To ensure that you are officially finished with any sort of chilly weather, it makes perfect sense to head to the warmest area of the Okanagan.

That’s right.

It’s time to get to Osoyoos before the summer rush hits.

The South Okanagan town is ready and waiting for you with a long list of relaxing and enjoyable spring travel deals, and Destination Osoyoos is even giving away a pair of getaways to two lucky winners.

There is no shortage of fun to be had, from wine excursions to hitting the links to taking a dip in the warmest lake in Canada: Osoyoos Lake. The water is already warm enough for activities like standup paddleboarding, kayaking, boating, floating and so much more.

A prime example of “so much more” is hitting the lake on a pair of personal watercraft. You can rent a two 2021 SeaDoo GTXs from Wakepilot at either Walnut Beach or Spirit Ridge Beachfront and have the time of your life. The wind will whip through your hair, and the smile will never leave your face.

If serene vacation activities are more your thing, Osoyoos is where you will find happiness. Visit any of the area’s wineries for tasting sessions or tours.

There are also stay-and-play options for golfers, who can enjoy courses like Sonora Dunes or Osoyoos Golf Club. Then they go lay their heads at Sandy Beach Suites or Sunrise Inn each evening while replaying that gorgeous 5-iron shot to six feet in their head.

Osoyoos is alluring at all times, but there’s something about spring because it’s both gorgeous and it’s before the summer rush of people. That makes it great for a romantic weekend away or a day trip to a vineyard, where you can explore the unique desert ecology of the region and immerse yourself in unforgettable Indigenous experiences.

You can also take a leisurely stroll on one of the many beautiful lakeshore walkways. Hike or bike in true solitude on the widespread system of trails.

Doing it for free would be even better, though, and that can happen through a contest collaboration between Castanet and Destination Osoyoos. The first prize package, valued at $650, includes a two-night stay in a suite with a city view at Watermark Beach Resort, a tour and tasting for two at Bartier Bros Vineyard and Winery, and a one-hour standup paddleboard rental for two people from Wakepilot.

The second prize, valued at $450, features a one-night stay in a lakefront deluxe suite at Sandy Beach Suites, a tour and tasting for four at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, and a tasting and 10% off wine purchases for up to four people at Moon Curser Vineyards.

This article is written by or on behalf of the sponsoring client and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.

Tokens from Skogie's Car Washes now good for gas purchases

Skogie's tokens save on gas

The folks at Skogie's Car Washes not only want to keep your ride clean, they also want to give you a break at the gas pump.

With gasoline prices skyrocketing, Skogie's is extending the value of the tokens it hands out when customers buy a wash—tokens that up to now could just be used for time in its self-serve wash bays and at its vacuums.

But, until July 31, Skogie's is stepping up to give its customers even more value. Car wash officials have announced each token can now be used to get 25 cents off the price of gasoline when customers purchase gas at the PetroCan station located at Skogie's Auto Spa on Underhill Street in Kelowna.

The tokens can also be used toward the cost of detailing services at the Auto Spa and used for store puchases at the Auto Spa, Skogie's on Clement and Skogie's Vernon.

“So many of our regular customers have lots of tokens saved up and we want to help them out, given the price of gas is so high right now,” said Chris Skoglund, a co-owner of Skogie's Car Washes.

The popular car wash chain, with four locations (three in Kelowna—Clement Avenue downtown, Willow Park in Rutland and the Auto Spa on Underhill—and Vernon) says it's is doing what it can to help its customers at a time when gasoline pump prices are reaching record highs.

By allowing the tokens to be used to help pay for gas, it is extending the great value it already offers its customers.

Skogie's customers can use as many as 20 tokens at a time in any purchase.

To use the tokens for gas, customers must pre-pay for their gasoline inside the Auto Spa store, not at the pumps. See the friendly Skogie's staff for more details.

Skogie's has dispensed the tokens at its Clement, Auto Spa and Vernon locations for more than a year now, says Skoglund and they have proved popular with customers as each token provides eight minutes of vacuuming time and is worth $2 in its self-serve bays.

But now the value of the tokens has increased, the company slogan "No. 1 in safety, No. 1 in quality" has a new addition— No. 1 in value too.

So, if you're looking for a great car wash and a helping hand when it comes to filling the tank or making store and detailing purchases, head on over to Skogie's. You'll be glad you did.

Kamloops presale event on May 28 for Trillium at City Gardens

Trillium presale May 28

You will soon be able to get your hands on one of the most exciting projects in the history of Kamloops.

Kelson Group’s City Gardens will be the largest residential development in the city’s history. It will feature 24- and 22-storey towers, along with four six-storey apartment buildings, that will be built over the next eight years.

Trillium is the 24-storey tower, featuring 150 homes, and it will go on sale on Saturday, May 28, during a pre-sale launch event hosted by Brendan Shaw Real Estate at the building’s sales centre, located at 238 4th Ave. in downtown Kamloops.

“We have something for everyone,” Brendan Shaw says. “We’ve had quite a few first-time homebuyers approach us about our smaller units just because of the affordability factor. In addition to that, we have seen a high degree of interest in our larger suites, from downsizers and empty nesters who are thinking about where they want to be in the next three to five years."

Homes will start at $299,999, providing a fantastic opportunity for more people to wedge their way into the tight B.C. real estate market.

Trillium will feature studio, one- and two-bedroom homes. The studio apartments are between 424 and 502 square feet, while the two-bedroom homes range from 886 to just under 1,600 square feet. One of the Trillium’s most attractive features, according to Shaw, will be its concrete construction.

“There are not too many residential condo buildings in Kamloops that are concrete construction,” Shaw says. “Having lived in a concrete highrise myself, there’s an expectation of less noise transfer and a quality of build that’s certainly different than what’s available on the market right now.”

Other Trillium features include secure underground parking, appliance packages, gym and co-working amenity space and various optional upgrades, including, but not limited to, EV chargers.

“There certainly are options out there to be tailored to what the needs are within the market,” Shaw says.

Plus, you get to be part of an exciting development that will add plenty of vibrancy to downtown Kamloops. The expected occupancy date is June 2025, but there is a huge advantage to buying now.

"With expected occupancy in 2025," Shaw says, "there is a clear advantage to lock in at today's pricing, which will be available for one day only."

If you are unable to get to the pre-sale launch event on May 28, the sales centre hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More information about City Gardens and Trillium can be found on the Brendan Shaw Real Estate website here.

This article is written by or on behalf of the sponsoring client and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.

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