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Family – run Lakeview Market serves up rich history and good eats

Lakeview Market has been a part of Kelowna since the 1940’s, and to this day it has held on to its old-fashioned values. They are one of the only independently owned grocery stores around that still has their own in-house butcher and meat department, as well as an incredible scratch-made bakery that makes everything from pies to pizza dough. Their “no shortcut” philosophy means that everything they make is top quality, delicious and also affordable; it might just be your new favourite place to shop.

Bill and Barb Jones bought the store in ’68, and their family still runs it today. They have a number of core staff that have worked there for over 20 years, and in multiple generations. You can find Tracey, who works in the Bakery department with both her mother and her daughter, and Bill and Barb’s granddaughter, also named Barb, works at Lakeview too. Everything has come full circle, and the whole place runs on family values and traditions.

Looking for local? Lakeview has one of the best all-around selections in town. With Okanagan brands like Little Creek, Aussie Meat Pies, Fresh is Best, Queen B Popcorn, and Wrap it Up Tortillas, they always represent what’s locally made and delicious. On top of that, their produce selection is filled with as much local produce as possible: you can always find local apples and pears stocked up, and when more fruits and veggies come into season, almost their entire produce department will be either from the Okanagan or B.C. And you can’t beat their prices either. They even have a “half price produce” rack, where you can find the “imperfect” (but still good) fruits and veggies. It gives you a great deal, and helps them cut down on waste! Anything else that they can’t sell for whatever reason, they give to local farmers as feed for their goats.

Having their own true meat department with real butchers means that they’re able to use “the whole animal” too. You can request cuts of meat you might not be able to find anywhere else, they can grind their own extra lean ground beef, and you can even ask them to chop up a piece of meat for you (so you have your stir-fry or stew meat ready to go!). They make the BEST thick-cut bacon, and they make their own fresh sausages which you have to try – they start at only $2.99 for a package!

Keep your eye out for their Apple Fritters, too – those are Barb’s favourite (although they sell out fast, so best to get there early!). I’m a huge fan of their ready-made pizza dough, which goes for $1.59 (yep, $1.59, no typo) and makes for an awesome family dinner. Easy, homemade and you definitely won’t find any preservatives here! A few other great store-made items include their ready-made sandwiches, the muffins (95 cents a piece) and pies ($4.99 a pie). I recommend the ginger muffin and the pumpkin pie – they’re both unbeatable. And, of course, their homemade bread is as fresh as can be and comes in every variety you could possibly want.

Keep your eye out for their Apple Fritters, too – those are Barb’s favourite (although they sell out fast, so best to get there early!). I’m a huge fan of their ready-made pizza dough, which goes for $1.59 (yep, $1.59, no typo) and makes for an awesome family dinner. Easy, homemade and you definitely won’t find any preservatives here! A few other great store-made items include their ready-made sandwiches, the muffins (95 cents a piece) and pies ($4.99 a pie). I recommend the ginger muffin and the pumpkin pie – they’re both unbeatable. And, of course, their homemade bread is as fresh as can be and comes in every variety you could possibly want.

Author…
Kelowna born and raised, Keddy Pavlik of TheTreatLife has been passionate about the local food scene basically since birth. If she’s not in the kitchen, you can probably find her at the farmer’s market or taking pictures of food. Photo Credit: Jordana Dickson.

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Happy New Year!

It’s such a great time of year. Everyone is so celebratory. Today being New Years Eve I feel very reminiscent of the past year. I have been asked many times this past year how does a little independent grocery store survive in this climate of big box stores and the swear word “Walmart” selling groceries. My answer is easy the bigger the stores get the more people want a little store that has it all. Lakeview Market being an independent has the ability to also buy from many small suppliers. 

Another comment I got from a new customer was “How nice it is that you hire senior citizens”. It made me laugh and I said to her “We didn’t hire them as seniors…people just never leave Lakeview after they start working here”. Which is the main reason why Lakeview Market is such a success…our great staff, it makes me love coming to work everyday. 

From our Lakeview Market family to yours Happy New Year!

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Turkey day is coming!

What is the must have at your Thanksgiving dinner table: brussel sprouts, warm dinner buns, free range turkey, cranberry sauce or pumpkin pie?

Lakeview Market is the place to pick up all of your home-grown fixings for your Thanksgiving dinner. At this time of year lets give thanks for the beautiful valley we live in by supporting our local farmers. Items you can get at Lakeview that are grown in Kelowna: pumpkin, squash, prune plums, green peppers, coronation grapes, pears and a variety of apples. We also have many other items (too many to name) in our produce department that are B.C. grown. The meat department also keeps it local by getting our fresh free range turkeys from Keremeos. Order yours today (250) 762-2913.

Happy Thanksgiving to all the fans of Lakeview Market!

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