Meet Tina, an inspiring local entrepreneur and a contributor for Her Okanagan! Find her picks for Kelowna nightlife and don’t ever tell her there is nothing to do in Kelowna! We learn a little bit more about Tina and her love for the place she lives.
HOK: Tell us about yourself!
Tina: I live, work and play in Kelowna’s beautiful Downtown core, and I LOVE it! I run and own Oranj Fitness Kelowna, and am the creator, boss babe, producer (whatever you wanna call me) of Femme Fatale Dance. I am married to a wonderful man who makes me dinner every night, and I make scrunchies and headbands in my spare time. 🙂
HOK: How long have you lived/played in the Okanagan?
Tina: I have been in the Okanagan most of my life….. I did a brief 9 year stint in Smithers B.C. from age 4 – 14, then I have been back ever since then, and I don’t plan on leaving ever….. for more than a month at a time. 🙂
HOK: What do you love most about the Okanagan?
Tina: The sunshine, and the diverse activities that you can do in just one day. The community, I love the size and connection of our community. When I was growing up I thought Kelowna was the BIGGEST city, so to me it still feels like a big city, but now that I have grown into it, it’s also small in the sense that you have a connection to so many people and businesses within reach. Nothing is far, and people are so willing to work together!
HOK: If you grew up here, what was your best memory of growing up in the Okanagan?
Tina: My grandparents owned a sour cherry farm on DeHart rd, so coming here every summer for Harvest was a blast! I mostly just played in the pool while they did harvest, but to see the harvest in action was awesome. To watch the machines shake the cherry tree so hard it made all the cherries fall into bins, to sit in the Cherry truck on the way to our delivery at Sun Rype, then to get free juice boxes at Sun Rype, I felt like a Cherry princess.
HOK: What are your favourite spring/summer/fall or winter activities?
Tina: In Spring I start to emerge from my hibernation, taking it slow, and walking to Bean Scene for a Happiness Tea Latte instead of driving haha. In the Summer I thrive, biking, walking, swimming, patio sitting. I am in my natural habitat. Favourite group activity would be taking the gals on a Smile Cycle tour with Stuart. Soooooo soo much fun! In Fall I get busy again with Femme Fatale and Oranj so I jump back into work mode pretty quickly, although sometimes I work outside. 🙂 In winter I hibernate haha, crush a lot of Netflix, and sew a sh#t ton of scrunchies. I used to snowboard as a kid, but now I am a little more fragile and know my limits…I’ll be staying off the slopes.
HOK: Where do you take out of town guests to share the best of the Okanagan?
Tina: To any of our local restaurants, especially if they have a patio. My number 1 spot would definitely be Central, ideally for brunch, but if it’s not the weekend, lunch and dinner will suffice. I love their cocktails, food, and the service is always top notch.
From there I think that everyone needs to experience a walk/bike ride on our boardwalk + through Kelowna City Park. We would obviously need to stop at Amore Mio for Gelato, then walk down Bernard and shop at some hidden local gems. My fav being Blonde, Frock+Fellow,Funktional, and Alchemy. If we were up to it I would cruise on the bikes from City Park down to The Eldorado and have dinner or lunch on their patio. Obviously you try to slip in a wine tour, or at the very least take the drive out to a couple of favourites. Summer Hill Winery has always been good to me, I won’t bike that far hahaha, but we could drive out! To finish off the night I would try to find something cool going on, it usually isn’t hard, there will be some live music or show going on somewhere in town.
HOK: If you have a whole weekend off in the Okanagan, what would you do with your time?
Tina: Pretty much what I said above, ahaha but without guests! My husband works weekends, so we literally NEVER get to do brunch together, so if we were able we would do brunch, cruise around, hit up the beach, another patio, get gelato, maybe have a nap and bike back to BNA for the evening.
HOK: Describe your perfect Okanagan date night with your husband?
Tina: We attend A LOT of movies, we usually grab a really quick bite to eat at Fernandos Pub (the best nachos + fish tacos in town) then rip out to the movies. Maybe that isn’t the PERFECT date night… but it’s a monthly staple that’s for sure. I am fortunate enough that I get to spend most meals with my husband, as he makes most of them haha, but when we have extra time we like to head out for dinner, or a bike ride before or after before settling in for the night.
HOK: Tell me about your Okanagan community. Who are they? How did you meet your community and what do you love about them?
Tina: I am lucky to be a part of a bunch of little communities within the Okanagan. I am part of the Downtown Kelowna community, business owners in the core all working together and supporting each other. I have created a community of woman through Femme Fatale, it’s an amazing group of ladies, all ages, backgrounds, and professions who constantly work towards lifting each other up and making sure everyone is feeling good. 🙂 I have my health-conscious oranj community that I can take class with, go for a tea after class or celebrate with on the weekend. All these communities are important to me and keep me going through the crazy busy times, and the long winter days.
HOK: What do you think makes the Okanagan unique and special?
Tina: The landscape is something that I have recently really fallen in love with. I didn’t quite appreciate it that much until I started paying attention, it was when I was driving back after teaching a yoga class at Cedar Creek Winery. I couldn’t believe how stunning the scenery was around me, I started to really appreciate it and take in everything surrounding me.
HOK: Name a woman in the Okanagan that inspires you.
Tina: There are so many amazing women in Kelowna, starting from the ground, building their busineses whether it’s a small from home venture or a big creation, everyone is just so willing to put in the work and it’s awesome. A few of my dancers are business creators/owners and they also lift others up, so I will go with them:) Julia Mathers – The Market Bags. Lisa Burke – Burke Hair Lounge. Mallory Buchanan – Shop the Valley. Heather Lynn – Mythrose Clothing.
Tina’s Okanagan Favourites
Lunch spot – Central Kitchen
Dinner spot – Fernando’s Pub
Appies spot – Perch
Sushi spot – Momo’s SushiCoffee shop – Bean Scene
Fitness centre – oranj fitness
Charity Group – COHA
Fundraiser event – Stronger Together – CMHA – Postpartum depression
Hair Salon – Burke Hair Lounge