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Numerous changes to business landscape are taking place in downtown Osoyoos
There are a lot of changes going on within the business community in downtown Osoyoos.
Several businesses have changed addresses or soon will be, while a new women’s clothing and accessory store has opened and the owners of an established sign company have added irrigation services to their portfolio.
Unity Clothing and Board Sports is moving from its longtime location on Main Street across the street to the old home of Rudy’s Flooring.
The owners of Rudy’s Flooring have moved a couple of doors down from its old location on Main Street into its new home inside the same building where Yore Movie Store is located.
Meanwhile, the owners of the Stedman’s department store have closed up shop and have opened a new women’s clothing and accessories store that is located in the old home of Osoyoos Sound on Main Street.
The new owners of Osoyoos Signs have also added a full-scale irrigation supplies operation to their storefront.
Jamie Elder, who has owned and operated Unity Clothing and Board Sports in Osoyoos for the past 16 years, said he’s excited about the move into his new store – which officially opens for business on April 1 – after having operated at his current location for the past 10 years.
“It’s exciting to be moving into a new location … the place looks great and we’ll be offering a bunch of new lines for our customers, so we’re pretty stoked,” said Elder.”
Besides a bright new look, Unity will be offering a new clothing line for babies and toddlers, he said.
“There are a lot of young families in this community who are having a lot of babies, so this is definitely a market we would like to go after,” he said.
Unity will continue to offer the latest and newest fashion lines as well as board sport equipment and all of his current staff will be retained, said Elder.
“Any time you go to a new location in business, it’s exciting and I know everyone that works here is excited about moving into our new location and getting started,” he said. “It has been a ton of work getting ready for the move, but I’m excited and I hope all of our customers will be happy with the move.”
Trish and Leo Callarec, the longtime proprietors with Stedman’s department store, are the proud new owners of Strike the Pose, which held its official opening this past Saturday in its new location on Main Street at the former Osoyoos Sound electronics store.
Strike the Pose will offer modern women’s fashion lines such as Lisette, Lady Dutch and Kensie along with handbags, bracelets, scarves, belts and other accessories, said Trish Callarec.
“We’re really looking forward to this … a change is always good,” she said.
They enjoyed many successful years in Osoyoos owning and operating Stedman’s and they’re hoping for the same kind of success and support with Strike the Pose, said Callarec.
Larry Miller, the longtime owner of Rudy’s Flooring, said the move a couple of doors down into the Yore Movie Store building, made a lot of senses as he leased storage space in that building for many years.
His business will continue to offer the latest lines in carpeting, hardwood and laminate flooring, various types of tile and accessories.
Business has been “very good” since the move to the new location and he’s looking forward to a busy and prosperous 2014, said Miller.
Dan and Chad Dombrowitz, the two brothers who are the proud owners of Osoyoos Signs, are now offering and irrigation supply and parts store at their building located at 8304 72 Avenue.
“We are still running a full sign store, but decided to expand our separate irrigation business into our store front by offering irrigation supplies like sprinkler systems and timers.
“It’s an addition to our sign business, but the sign business will continue as is.”
More changes are expected in the downtown core in the next few months as the old Stedman’s location is available for lease and a new tea room is scheduled to open in the old location of Indie Lulu’s later this spring.
A new eye wear shop is also scheduled to open on Main Street beside Golden Chopstick restaurant in early April.
The Osoyoos Times tried to contact the new owner of the eye wear shop, but was unsuccessful.