Passengers traveling through Kelowna International Airport (YLW) will find something new in the departures lounge —the new retail store Okanagan + Co., a collaboration between Tourism Kelowna and Okanagan Lifestyle Apparel Inc.
The store will sell specially hand-selected Love for Kelowna, Kelowna Vibes, and Okanagan Lifestyle merchandise and apparel. Okanagan + Co. will also feature various local artisans such as Gamer Gadgetry, UBC Okanagan, Meadow Vista Honey, Karat Chocolate, Ashleigh Green Studios, and more.
“Okanagan + Co will make a great addition to the departures lounge at YLW and provide passengers the ability to take a piece of the Okanagan with them on their journey.” says Sam Samaddar, Airport Director, Kelowna International Airport. “We are excited for this opportunity to partner with local businesses and to showcase our Okanagan community.”
Okanagan + Co. will provide local Okanagan products for passengers leaving YLW, either at the end of their journey when they are travelling home to remember our beautiful region, or as they are beginning their journey to visit friends and family in other parts of the world.
“As passionate locals we couldn’t pass up this opportunity to connect with the diverse and amazing body of humans who flow in and out of our stunning Okanagan Valley through Kelowna International; to connect with like-minded Okanagan enthusiasts,” says founder Jaclyn Robertson. “We’re thrilled and thankful equally. Together with Tourism Kelowna we can’t wait connect with everyone through the new adventure that is Okanagan + Co. Special thank you for the already incredibly warm welcome from the YLW airport community.”
Tourism Kelowna Director Chris Lewis also welcomes the collaboration. “This storefront offering to the departures lounge will help to exhibit a sense of place, and providing additional options for travelling residents and visitors,” he says.
Okanagan + Co. and will be open daily for passengers in the departures lounge.