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Bernard Avenue Revitalization

Closed to traffic, open for business

The lower portion of Bernard Avenue was blocked off early Monday morning and will stay that way until June, as the city continues its downtown revitalization project.

The 'main drag' will be closed from Abbott to Pandosy, as part of utility replacement and streetscaping, but the sidewalks will be open, as will the businesses along that stretch.

While most are looking forward to the fresh look of the new street, many are also apprehensive towards how construction will affect business over the short term.

“I think its definitely going to affect business to a certain degree because once people see the barricades, they’re probably just going to turn around and go back the other way or rethink their plans,” says Neil Thacker, manager of Picture Perfect.

He is in favour of the revitalization and likes what has been done in Phase 1 of the project, but while his business is a destination store that doesn’t depend on walk-ins, Thacker knows the situation will still disrupt his store.

“It’s a little bit of an inconvenience because everyone that comes down to us is using the parking as much as possible to drop off artwork to get framed and that sort of thing.  But it’s a necessary evil to be done – once it’s all finished we’ll be happy.”

Chelsea Mcevoy at Moxy Apparel, who is trying to stay optimistic about the whole situation, echoes that sentiment.

“Parking – that’s my biggest concern. We’ve just got to stay creative and stay positive. Hopefully people will just remember that we’re down here and support us,” she says.

“I’m not too worried, I think we’ll be OK.  And it’s going to be worth it in the long run.”

Other business owners are not as enthusiastic, but understand the situation is out of their hands.

“I think it’s going to be tough throughout the construction,” says Raegan Hall, owner of Blonde clothing.

“And I’m personally bummed out because I don’t like the aesthetic of what they’ve already changed – I think it’s already dated. And disco Vegas lamps in front of Safeway? In 30 years it may look really good when all the trees are grown, but in 30 years, I’m probably not going to be here.”

Another business that is unsure of how construction will affect foot traffic is Ching Li, manager of the popular downtown lunch spot Sai-Gon Restaurant.

“Lunch time is OK because people walk here, but at nighttime when we don’t have the parking spaces, I don’t think people will want to try to get here. But this is the first day, so we will see (what happens).”

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Bernard Avenue is still open for business during the construction. Businesses with websites will open in another window.
A.F.R. Sushi
Airwaves Music
Alexander Cutlery & Gifts
ALLEYCAT fashion outlet
American Apparel
Amni Athletica
Amy's Gifts
Anka's European Tailoring
Annegret's Fine European Chocolates
ARC Programs Ltd.
Arcade Audio Lounge
Articulate Creative Arts Connection
Astral Media
Asuka Japanese Restaurant
Aviva Studios
Bai Tong Thai Restaurant
Banka & Company Inc. (CGA)
BC Vital Statistics Agency
Bean Scene Coffee Works
Behind the Fly
Bernard Dental
Beside Myself
Bia Boro Boutique
Blackfish Apparel
Bliss Bridal
BMO - Harris Private Banking
Bohemian Cafe & Catering Company
Burnett's Florist
Business Development Bank Of Canada (BDC)
Cadence Footwear
Cafe Soleil
Calowna Costume
Canadian Gold & Silver
Canadian Jewelery Exchange
Canadorado Operating Company Ltd.
Cantalta Group
Carlos O'Bryans Pubs
Carlson Wagonlit Travel Travel Agent
Carson Photography
Casa Sasso Italian Food Bar
Change for Good Counselling
Christian Science Society
Codispoti Jewellery
Collective Apparel
Columbus Network Corp.
Cruzwear Unlimited
Diamond Gallery
Doc Willoughby's
Donahue & Associates
Downtown Eyewear
Downtown Kelowna Association
Downtown Marina
Downtown Safeway
Downtown Tan
Dynamic Studios Tattoo & Apparel
Earls On Top
Fernando's Pub
Festivals Kelowna
Footwear Emporium
Freelance Accounting Ltd.
Funktional Gifts
Gifts for Him
Grateful Fed, The
heART school kelowna
Heather Zais - Psychic/Astrologer/Medium
Heaven On Earth Spa
Hemp City
Home For Dinner
Industrial Alliance Pacific Insurance & Financial
Inner Haven Decorating
Inspire Health Integrative Cancer Care
Interior Savings Credit Union
International Gateway Kelowna
International Gems
IQ Computers
ivivva athletica
James Haworth & Son Ltd.
Job Options BC - YMCA YWCA of Okanagan
Kelly O'Bryans Restaurant
Kelowna Gold Buyers - Northwest Diamonds Inc
Kelowna Website Design
Kmotion Apparel
Kochhar & Co. Chartered Accountant Inc.
La Belle Boutique
Lakehouse Home Store
Lavish Design
Le reve Boutique
Liquor Control & Licensing Branch
lululemon athletica
MacDermott's on Bernard
MacD's Lakeside
Mad Mango Cafe
Main Street Studio
Mary Claris Hair Extensions
Mavazi Apparel Apparel & Accessories
Meiklejohn Architects Inc.
Memphis Blues BBQ House
Mimi's Italian Grill
Ministry of Justice - Family Justice Services
Minnella Drycleaners
MKS Resources & Lexington Enterprises
Modern Accents
Molly's Garden Cafe
Momo Sushi
Moo-Lix Ice Cream
Mosaic Books
Moxy Apparel
National Bank Financial Wealth Management
Natural Rezources
Okanagan Diamond Gallery
Okanagan Lipo Laser & Spa
Okanagan Rug and Art
Okanagan Spirits
One Path Logistics
Paramount Theatre
Perpetual Blooms
Picture Perfect
Pita Pit
Raw Athletics
Royal Anne Hotel
rt Strategy Inc.
Rush Ihas Hardwick LLP Litigation Lawyers
Sai-Gon Restaurant
Salted Brick
Sawasadee Thai Yoga Massage
Service BC
Shapers Hair Salon & Spa
Shoppers Drug Mart
Sliderz Community House
Smokanagan Gift Shop
Smoke's Poutinerie Kelowna
Soban Korean Bistro
Societe De Developpment Economique (SDE)
SOUL eyewear
Sourvenirs Kelowna
SS Korean Restaurant
Starbucks Coffee Company
Style Boutique
SubCity Donair
Surf Culture Clothing
Sweet Cravings
Ten Fashions Bridal Boutique & Special Occasions
Tessmer Law Offices
The Lister Real Estate Co.
The Pear Workshop
The Bread Company
The Collective
The Downtown Shoe Store
The Grateful Fed
The Hot Box Yoga
The House of The Caribbean Food Supply
The Lodging Company
The Rotten Grape Wine & Espresso Bar
Ticketmaster Outlet
Tigerlily Fashion
Tobaccoland of Kelowna
Topline Selections
Towne Centre Mall
Towne Centre Postal Services & Card Shop
Tripke Bakery & Bistro
Twisted Tomato
Uniquity Creations and Consignments
Valley First Credit Union
WealthLINK Financial Services
Western Union Business Solutions
Wild Mountain
Woodcreek Cottage
X10sion 207 Clothing Company

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