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Long wknd inspires cleaner, everyday, Earth-friendly routines

Long wknd will help world

Who doesn’t love a long weekend?

No one, that’s who. Those extra days off provide an opportunity to relax, renew and refresh. A long weekend is good for you.

And that is why a Kelowna company that produces sustainable body care products will now be known as long wknd. The company believes that personal care should be a feel-good, carefree experience, so they created a new line of products that are vegan, plastic-free and made with natural ingredients.

And not only are long wknd products good for you; they’re great for the planet as well.

That’s because long wknd’s parent company is Kelowna’s Pela, whose overarching goal is to eliminate one billion pounds of waste from the planet. All of Pela’s products, which include phone cases and smart watch bands, are biodegradable, and that is one of the reasons why it attracted record executive and rapper Jay-Z as an investor.

Long wknd’s products are made with the same care for the planet in mind. So you can rest easy knowing you made the right choice.

They carry personal care necessities like shampoo bars, conditioner bars, body wash bars, deodorant and even lip balm—all of which are delivered to your door completely plastic free. Even the packages they come in are compostable.

“Plastic packaging litters our planet,” spokesperson Sara Peacock says. “These products make it easy and rewarding to reduce waste with your daily routine. They’re consciously made, they’re convenient, and they’re effective.”

How is long wknd different?

Their deodorant boasts a natural, aluminum-free formulation, with six fragrances to choose from, like Grapefruit Sandalwood or Cucumber Mint.

Unlike one-size-fits-all shampoo bars, long wknd has a line of hair care bars that addresses specific hair types and needs, like their Soothe bars with Peppermint & Geranium formulated for dandruff or itchy scalps.

The lip balms are made with natural flavours, and not synthetic fragrance oils. The body wash bars have their own refreshing natural scents as well, and each bar is the equivalent of three plastic bottles.

“When I’m choosing products off a shelf or ordering them online, it’s a really personal decision,” Peacock says. “I get really picky and choosy with what I use on my body and which companies I want to support. There’s so many considerations.”

Long wknd makes all of its products in Kelowna, and the ingredients are also vegan and certified cruelty free. It is small-batch production, which means it’s hand made fresh as well. It will not have been sitting on a truck, in a warehouse or on a shelf collecting dust.

“Everything is being made by humans, being hand pressed or poured,” Peacock says. “And once you’ve seen their production studio, you see that everything’s made with love and care.”

To celebrate the launch, this week long wknd is offering Castanet readers 25% OFF with code “CASTANET” at checkout.

Free shipping on orders of more than $30 is available within Canada and the U.S. as well.

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



Spiritleaf Vernon finding that BC Interior cannabis beats them all

BC Interior bud proves best

They are three Interior producers who use their own unique methods to make three kinds of cannabis.

And Sarah Ballantyne cannot keep it on the shelves at her locally owned and operated Spiritleaf Vernon location. Her customers want the best, and it looks like no one grows it better than those in the Thompson Okanagan region.

“It’s important to get the message out there that they’re doing such a good job with it,” Ballantyne says. “It’s definitely a different class of product compared to some of the stuff we’ve seen over and over again over the last three years. They’re really different, and I sell out almost every week of those products. I have waiting lists for them.”

Saturday marked the third anniversary of recreational cannabis legalization in Canada, but it has taken nearly that long for the smaller producers to elbow their way into the market. Ballantyne is making it her mission over the next 12 months to visit as many craft cannabis producers as possible.

One of those is Habitat, which is near Chase, B.C., and uses a deep water culture system to grow its unique cannabis. At its very basic level, it involves putting coho salmon in tanks and using the nutrients found in the waste water to grow the cannabis. The process is called aquaponics, which is a food production system that couples aquaculture with hydroponics, or cultivating plants in water, whereby the nutrient-rich aquaculture water is fed to hydroponically grown plants, where nitrifying bacteria convert ammonia into nitrates.

“It’s really cool what’s going on,” Ballantyne says.

Next she stayed right in Vernon to check out Organnicraft, a licensed producer in an industrial part of town that is making its way into the market with some premium bud.

“I was able to see them the day that they transplanted some clones, and I was been following them, watching them grow,” she says. “And then I’ve seen it go through packaging, and then I bought it and brought it into my store and sold it. So I’ve been able to see the process go full circle here, and it’s all with B.C.-based products and B.C. employees, and then of course my store is a locally owned and operated store, too.

“These things fly off the shelves. Everyone wants the best of B.C. bud, and they’re one of the best out there.”

One of the unique aspects of Organnicraft is it goes the extra mile to inform its customers about the product, including cultivar facts, terpenes, grower, kind of soil used, trimming facts, harvest date and packaging date.

The third local product Ballantyne raves about, but whose facility she also has yet to visit, is Pineapple Bud in Osoyoos. It is an Indigenous-owned licensed producer, and she can’t want to see the type of growing methods they use and what they do differently.

“It’s pretty cool what’s happening right here in the Interior,” Ballantyne says.

Anyone who wishes to get their hands on some of the aforementioned local cannabis can have it delivered right to their door, as Spiritleaf Vernon’s delivery service is operating and proving quite popular with patrons.

Spiritleaf Vernon is open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily at 102-2500 53 Ave. in Vernon. Product and delivery information 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.



Move RX Performance & Wellness will get you back moving again

Move RX gets you moving

It’s all about movement at Move RX Performance and Wellness.

The brand new Kelowna business, which is located on Lakeshore Road, provides chiropractic care, massage therapy and kinesiology. If you have any kind of pain, chiropractor Dr. Chris Col and her team will work on eliminating it and get you moving like your former self.

Move RX empowers you to use your body as the machine to personalize your rehabilitation plan. This personalized service, in addition to the 400 square feet of rehabilitation space, sets Move RX apart from other wellness clinics.

“We try to take every patient through the rehabilitation space, whether it’s one exercise or five every time they come in—empowering them and teaching them how to move well,” Dr. Col says. “The goal is getting the patient to move pain-free and back doing all the things they love."

Move RX, after all, means “move as prescribed,” and the team at 200-3275 Lakeshore Rd. has the credentials and the passion to diagnose what an ailing body requires. Dr. Col is certified to coach at the club level in Olympic-level weightlifting, and she also instructs cross-fit classes. Not only that, but she recently finished third in her weight class at the Canadian senior weightlifting championships as well. Melissa Brunn is Move RX’s kinesiologist and is a fitness instructor at Kelowna’s F45, as well as a Level 4 national hockey official. Registered massage therapist Heather Narraway is a bow and arrow expert, personal trainer and just recently became Precision Nutrition Level 1 certified. Lastly, OG RMT Takhir Almazbekov is a master with the kettle bell.

Move RX is the not only the perfect spot for high-level athletes to get their bodies finely tuned, but it is also for anyone who might have that nagging shoulder injury or those headaches that just won’t go away. No matter who you are, you are going to be treated like the No. 1 client at Move RX.

“The reason I created Move RX was to create a very supportive, empowering and fun environment, not only for the practitioners but for every patient who walks in the door,” Dr. Col says.

Move RX can be your one-stop shop for your performance and wellness needs. From back pain, athletic injuries or optimizing performance, the practitioners at Move RX can take care of you like no other.

Move RX offers online booking, direct billing and can take care of ICBC claims.

Visit the Move RX website to book an appointment.

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



Kelowna company has built a reputation for giving back

Giving back to community

A lot has been said and written about corporate giving.

But for Methal Abougoush, owner-operator of Boyd Autobody and Glass in Kelowna, it all comes down to one simple principle—he believes in supporting his community.

“It’s just the way I was brought up,” he says.

And when it comes to the charities Boyd supports, there’s always one thread running through—kids.

Abougoush said it’s important to him his business give back and, it appears, it’s also important to his staff.

He said that is reflected in the large number of volunteers who show up to help with the many charitable events Boyd’s has put on in the past, including its well-known and long-running Father’s Day Car Show in Kelowna’s.

Abougoush said while employees are not required to participate, it is not unusual for as many to show up to help out on car show day as volunteers.

“The support comes from within the organization,” he says.

While the car show is the biggest and best-known of the company’s charity fundraisers (though the pandemic has put it on hiatus the past two summers), the company also holds other fundraising events and promotions throughout the year, all of which raise money for child-focused charities.

The latest is its current Darker Days—Get Rid of The Haze” headlight restoration initiative, which will run until Nov. 30

For $39, Boyd will restore your vehicle’s headlights, cleaning the cloudy white haze that forms on the lens cover and give you a brighter, and safer, driving experience. Abougoush said the process normally costs $89.

All the money raised through this fundraiser will go to the Cops For Kids program, spearheaded by the RCMP to raise money for child-focused organizations.

With a goal of $2,500, Abogoush says he’s confident the goal will be reached and hopefully exceeded.

In addition, he also had plans for another event before the end of the year, one that will help the local food bank Recently, he bought $3,000 worth of Girl Guide cookies to give out to his customers.

“I believe in supporting the community you live in and, in return, the community will support you,” says Abougoush.

While reluctant to issue challenges to other businesses to follow Boyd’s lead—in part because he’s not sure what they already do— Abougoush said for him, giving back to the community is not about marketing his business but rather it’s “the right thing to do.”

And doing that is nothing new for Boyd Autobody and Glass in Kelowna. It has raised money for local organizations and charities since starting in 1999.

Like many businesses in the city, Boyd is often approached by groups looking for a fund-raising partner or donor. While it can’t meet all requests, it does as much as it can and, as a result, has developed a reputation in the community for giving back.

The participate in the Darker Days—Get Rid of the Haze fundraising promotion, go to BringittoBoyd.com and make an appointment. In addition to the two Kelowna Boyd locations, it is also being offered at the West Kelowna location and at the Boyd outlets in Merritt and Penticton.

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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