Spiritleaf is the first recreational cannabis store in West Kelowna.

Spiritleaf, West Kelowna’s first recreational cannabis store, held its grand opening Dec. 28.

There was a good-sized line up of people waiting to get in, Michael Adams, franchise owner for Spiritleaf West Kelowna, reported.

After the big morning rush, business has been steady.

Adams said people are happy they can buy products that are safe, tested and regulated on this side of the bridge.

Spiritleaf has created a welcoming open store.

“It's gotten away from the old-school seedy head shops that used to be around where you'd go in and it would be dark and smell like incense burning,” said Adams.

The 1,200-square-foot store offers their classic dried flower and the dried flower in the pre-rolls, as well as oils including CBD oils, balanced oils that have a ratio of CBD to THC and pure THC oils.

“We find that a lot of our senior customers are gravitating towards those kinds of products,” Adams said.

They’ve just come out with cannabis 2.0 products, edibles.

There are also vapour products.

Adams said they are excited about the cannabis drinks made by Labatt and Molson which should be released this month.

“They're fast-acting so if you want to be social and have a couple of cannabis drinks, it's a great way to let off some steam without having to smoke,” said Adams.

With recreational cannabis legal, the industry is moving quickly with new products and new research.

Adams said they have hired staff knowledgeable in the industry who stay up to date on cannabis consumption and the store’s products and can help customers who are unsure or curious.

Spiritleaf West Kelowna is located at 104 – 1195 Industrial Rd. and is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Board of Trade events

The Greater Westside Board of Trade has confirmed its annual general meeting will take place from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Cove Lakeside Resort at 4205 Gellatly Rd.

The event costs $20 plus GST and includes a continental breakfast. Registration and breakfast take place at 7:30 a.m. with the business meeting following at 8 a.m.

Members must be in good standing to attend the business section of the meeting. Non-members and guests are welcome to attend.

Register online through the events tab at gwboardoftrade.com or by calling 250-768-3378.

The Board of Trade’s January Business After Hours takes place from 5 to 7 p.m., Jan. 16, at the Heritage Retirement Resident at 3630 Brown Rd.

Your $10 ticket includes appetizers and two drinks.

New Year Kick Off

Celebrate the beginning of a new year and the Okanagan tech industry’s bright future as Accelerate Okanagan presents New Year Kick Off 2020 Thursday from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at BNA Brewing Co. at 1250 Ellis St. in Kelowna.

The New Year Kick Off is geared toward entrepreneurs, technology enthusiasts, investors and supporters.and is about creating connections with the growing Okanagan tech community.

Get your tickets online at Eventbrite.ca.

Student entrepreneurs

Do you know a student entrepreneur? The iGen challenge is open to Central Okanagan Public School students in Grades 7 to 12.

Students can enter individually or make up a team of up to four people.

Participants are guided through a start-up process to create enterprises, find funding, build a network and make an impact in the innovation ecosystem in the Okanagan.

For more information, go online to igc23.com. Registration deadline is Feb. 7.

Barb Aguiar’s business column appears every two weeks. Call 250-768-0129

or email westsidebusiness@telus.net.