This is no April Fool’s joke.

On April 1, MacDermott’s on Bernard will celebrate 20 years in downtown Kelowna.

“We’ve stood the test of time,” said general manager Brice MacDermott, son of founders and owners Wayne and Jay MacDermott.

“Considering that many stores open and close quickly, two decades in retail is definitely something to celebrate.”

In 1994, Wayne was managing a high-end menswear store in Victoria, but wanted his own store.

He looked into opening in Victoria, but found the market was saturated.

So, he asked his wife, Jay, where else she’d like to live.

Kelowna was not only the perfect lifestyle choice, but the city needed a premium menswear store.

So the family moved here in late 1994 and readied the store at 565 Bernard Ave. for opening April 1, 1995.

“We have designer brand names that MacDermott’s is the only store to carry between Vancouver and Calgary,” said Brice.

“We have Hugo Boss, Robert Graham and Tommy Bahama.”

To the product mix, the MacDermotts have added hard work, passion and great customer service to create a business that enjoys success and longevity.

The main store is primarily menswear, but also carries womenswear in the Tommy Bahama line.

Three years ago MacD’s opened three blocks closer to the lake at 219 Bernard Ave.

From October to April its an outlet store and from May to September its a Tommy Bahama store.

Brice is also a golf pro and he’s following his passion to become the general manager at Kamloops Golf & Country Club right after the 20th anniversary party.

Long-time employee, Noel Anderson, will take over as operations manager of both stores and Heather Craig has been promoted to store manager at MacD’s.


Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery has cleaned up once again at the World Spirits Awards.

For the second time in as many years, the company, which has operations in both Vernon and Kelowna, picked up the distillery of the year trophy.

In addition, Okanagan Spirits won spirit of the year for its blackcurrant liqueur.

The blackcurrant, along with Haskap liqueur and Aquavitus, also won double-gold medals.

Gold medals were awarded to the company’s raspberry liqueur, Genuine Taboo Absinthe and Laird of Fintry whisky.

The wins means Okanagan Spirits retains its world-class distillery designation.

Okanagan Spirits’ senior distiller Peter von Hahn travelled to Koje, Denmark for the awards and to hoist the trophies.

In all, 65 distilleries from 25 countries entered the worlds.


Long-time ReMax Kelowna realtor Chris Ward has joined husband-and-wife team Quincy and Tracey Vrecko to sell luxury homes.

The Vreckos have Quincy Vrecko & Associates under the ReMax banner and specialize in high-end properties and using social media channels.

Ward has sold real estate for 24 years the old-fashioned way, in person and through word-of-mouth.

The partnership is meant to create the best of both worlds in a time where buyers do more than 90 per cent of their house hunting online, but still count on exceptional personal service when it comes time to tour homes and put in an offer.


Bank of Canada deputy governor Timothy Lane speaks at Wednesday’s Kelowna Chamber of Commerce lunch at the Delta Grand hotel.

Tickets are $40 at


Steve MacNaull is a business reporter and columnist with The Okanagan Saturday. Reach him at