Kelowna Shopping: Winery Shops, Boutique Stores, Big Box Stores, Plazas, and Malls
Kelowna, BC, Canada’s wineries aren’t the only place to go shopping: bargain hunters, fashion buffs and trend setters can enjoy four distinct shopping experiences while in the Okanagan Valley. Boutique shoppers can head to the Mission area or downtown Kelowna to find trendy shops with unique gifts for that special someone. ‘Big Box’ shoppers need only to scoot over the Okanagan Lake Bridge or the other way on Highway 97 to find huge savings. Every city must have one big shopping mall where shoppers can get lost in an endless array of the coolest stores carrying the hippest brands, and Kelowna certainly has that. It also has a number of plazas and smaller malls that meet the daily needs of Kelowna residents as well as business and leisure travelers to the city.
Bernard Avenue runs through downtown Kelowna in the Kelowna North real estate neighbourhood and ends at The Sails by the waterfront. Shoppers can cruise Bernard Avenue’s many boutiques for the hippest fashions amidst the quite bustle of Kelowna’s business district. There is no shortage of coffee houses or pubs and food lovers have a United Nations of restaurants to choose from. Prospera Place near Ellis Street resides in the Arts District and hosts concerts and hockey games while the Lake City Casino, dance clubs and pubs provide late night entertainment.
Towne Centre Mall
The Towne Centre Mall provides an indoor boutique shopping experience, and it is located in downtown Kelowna, at the east end of Bernard Avenue, in the Kelowna North real estate neighbourhood. Jewelry, shoes, fashions, and toys can be purchased in this quaint mall that was once the retail hub of Kelowna. One of the city’s finest pieces of public art, a 3- dimensional cottonwood sculpture, stands tall in the mall’s food court.
Pandosy Village by the Lake
The intersection of Pandosy Street and KLO Road is a trendy, hip area in Kelowna South real estate neighbourhood. A walk down Pandosy is a boutique shopper’s dream with stores such as Serendipity, Cranberry Junction and Urban Hut Design to browse. Tired shoppers can sip drinks and nibble goodies on outdoor patios at bakeries and coffee shops. The Mission Park plaza has a Blockbuster, liquor and grocery stores and other specialty stores to visit. Leave your car parked and explore Pandosy Village by the Lake on foot.
‘Big Box’ Shopping
Central Park Power Centre
The Central Park Power Centre is located at the intersection of Banks Road and Highway 97 in Kelowna’s Dilworth real estate neighbourhood. Home Depot, Michaels, Home Sense, and Urban Barn are four ‘big box’ outlets in this plaza. Power shoppers are attracted to the Wal-Mart across the boulevard and the many great sit down restaurants such as East Side Mario’s, Cactus Club and Montana’s Cookhouse.
Westbank Hub Centre
Take a 10-minute drive on Highway 97 from Kelowna over the Okanagan Lake Bridge and past Westside Road into the Westbank real estate neighbourhood. The Westbank Hub Centre straddles the highway and keeps adding great new shopping to accommodate West Kelowna’s rapidly growing population. Do-it-yourselfers will find all their tools and gadgets at Home Depot, Canadian Tire and Planet Computer on the south side of the highway. Hungry shoppers may eat at Carlos and Kelly O’Bryan’s restaurant, Tim Hortons and Nature’s Fare Foods. London Drugs, Reitmans and Chatters are located in The Westbank Hub Centre North on the opposite side of Highway 97.
One Big Mall
Orchard Park Shopping Centre
Orchard Park Shopping Centre is located on Harvey Avenue between Cooper Road and Dilworth Drive in Kelowna. The mall has over 171 stores with Chapters, The Bay and Sears being its three major tenants. Shoppers from across the Okanagan Valley are drawn to Orchard Park’s incredible selection of stores carrying all the major brands in every imaginable category. It’s easy to spend the entire day, or weekend, at Orchard Park Shopping Centre.
The Capri Centre mall is located at the intersection of Gordon Drive and Harvey Avenue in Kelowna, in the north west corner of the Springfield Spall real estate neighbourhood. A Winners department store and an Extra Foods grocer are the mall’s largest retail tenants, and it has a number of food and specialty stores. Kelsey’s and DeDutch restaurants are close by, and the Blue Lines Sports and Comedy Club is a convenient place to laugh at Yuk Yuk’s comedy. About one third of the mall is occupied by medical, business and consumer services. Kelowna’s largest employer, Interior Health Authority, has offices in the Capri Centre.
The Dilworth Centre plaza is located at the intersection of Dilworth Drive and Harvey Avenue in the Dilworth real estate neighbourhood of Kelowna. Staples/Business Depot is convenient for business travelers requiring last minute printing, photocopying or supplies before a meeting. Boston Pizza provides a great lunch spot for shoppers at The Shoe Company, JYSK, Dollar Store, and other shops.
McCurdy Corner is located at the intersection of McCurdy Road and Highway 97 in Kelowna on the border of the Rutland real estate neighbourhood. It is a fun and entertainment centre thanks to the Grand 10 Cinemas and McCurdy Bowling Centre. Freddy’s Brew Pub is a well known Kelowna pub and micro-brewery that is located inside the bowling centre. There is also a Triple O’s White Spot and Quiznos nearby, and McCurdy Corner is quite close to two popular attractions, Grand Prix Kelowna and Scandia Golf and Games.
Spall Plaza is located near the intersection of Spall Road and Highway 97 not far from the Springfield Spall real estate neighbourhood. London Drugs, Toys “R” Us and PetSmart are this outdoor plaza’s main anchors. Fashion lovers feel at home with stores like Liz Claiborne, Shoe Warehouse, Mexx and Moores. The Second Cup and McGavins Bread Basket are two great places to pick up a coffee and treat. There is also a Choices Markets natural food store across the highway.