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Bernard Avenue Revitalization

Fly over the new Bernard

For downtown motorists and pedestrians frustrated by the Bernard Revitalization, the City of Kelowna is offering prizes and a glimpse of what the fuss is all about.

The City of Kelowna has made available an animated fly-by of what residents can expect to see when the $14-million Bernard Avenue Revitalization, which began Sept. 5, is completed in the summer of 2014.

Improvements to Bernard Avenue, considered Kelowna’s main street, include wider sidewalks, a coordinated complement of street furniture, as well as more trees and vegetation.

Currently, Bernard Avenue from Ellis to Richter Street will be closed to motorists in order to accommodate the utility replacement and streetscaping portion of phase I.

“The Ellis Street intersection will be closed to motorists and the truck route will be rerouted temporarily to Gordon Drive until mid-October. Detour routes will be clearly marked and traffic safety personnel will be on site directing traffic,” the City says.

However, the City stresses that Bernard Avenue remains accessible to pedestrian traffic.

“Access to businesses, walkways and sidewalks is a priority. Pedestrian crossings at St. Paul and Bertram streets are permitted when safe and traffic personnel are present to assist.

“While Bernard Avenue is closed to vehicles between Richter and Ellis streets, including the Ellis intersection, the rest of Bernard Avenue is open to motorists, pedestrians and for parking.”

Residents and visitors can also expect construction noise at earlier and later hours than normal, as city council has amended the noise bylaw to allow for extended construction hours.

Crews are permitted to work from 6 a.m. to midnight, Monday to Saturday, with occasional work also allowable outside of these hours.

City offers cash prizes to downtown visitors

As a little incentive to keep business as usual in the downtown core, the City is holding a Bernard Avenue contest.
Those who shop or dine at businesses on Bernard Avenue in Phase 1— from Richter to Ellis Streets—will receive an entry slip. Contestants should enter the number from your entry slip online at Downtown Kelowna.

A $500 prize for downtown dollars will be drawn every two weeks.

Residents and visitors can find weekly updates on the project as well as photos of the construction at the City of Kelowna website.

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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

Business List: Downtown Kelowna Association

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