Kelowna’s Rutland district is home to a growing number of local businesses.
With restaurants like Freddy’s Brew Pub, Taki Japanese Grill, Hoang Gia, Pakora Palace, My Neighbourhood Restaurant, Olympia Taverna and Barb’s Delights, there is no shortage of places to eat in the neighbourhood. Praises are sung about Latin Fiesta, a local Mexican restaurant located on the highway, which blends authentic Mexican cuisine with a fast-food atmosphere for an affordable price.
There are also local shops such as Whisk Cakes, which has garnered some media exposure: the company was featured in 2013 in an issue of Blush Magazine, and also in 2014, it was featured in the Perfect Wedding Magazine. The cake company won the most popular cake designer in BC in 2014, and won an award for the best wedding cake in B.C. in 2013. They host many different cake classes to the public, such as cake designing, cake decorating fundamentals, sculpting, and more. The company also holds birthday parties at the cake shop.
Thrifting has become a popular activity, making Rutland a hub for avid thrifters. Not only is it where the city’s only Value Village is located, but within a few blocks, you also have the Salvation Army, the MCC Thrift Shop, and the Kelowna Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop. All the funds that are raised from the sale of the items donated to the Kelowna Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop are dedicated towards the purchase of medical equipment for KGH. Since they have opened, they have donated more than $4,000,000, roughly about $250,000 per year. Every year they offer two $2000 bursaries to Rutland Secondary Students who are entering the field of Human Medicine, and they are always welcoming new volunteers.
For other avenues of interest, Rutland has a handful of automotive shops, fast food chains, and the YMCA. The community continues to grow and new businesses are being introduced.