With both ShopKelowna.com and newly-launched ShopVernon.com now operating in the Okanagan Valley region of British Columbia, Penticton, at the southern tip of Okanagan Lake, was the last major community without a ShopCity.com site.
New City Manager, Kyle Sandor, decided to change that and complete the trifecta of local shopping portals in the area by purchasing and launching ShopPenticton.com.
Kyle comes to ShopPenticton.com with a background in sales and marketing, as well as his commercial pilot's license. For years he has worked for a local Kelowna company in the communications space, where he served as a marketing executive and honed his skills in online marketing.
Kyle recognizes the power of the Internet to level the playing field for local independent businesses and envisions a thriving platform that connects local businesses and consumers online, providing a one-stop destination for everything in Penticton, enabling shoppers to save time and money, while helping locals compete against Amazon.com.
Kyle enjoying the area's trails, where he spotted a deer and grabbed this great pic.
While Kyle is a newer entrepreneur, his passion for local is long-standing and he recognizes the growing trend to support local, especially in the Okanagan -- an area of BC that's a world leader of the Shop Local movement.
Penticton is home to wineries, beautiful mountains and of course, the Lake.
"It seems like everyone I know and run into is talking about 'local', whether it's the farmer's market and local farm fresh produce, or local retail, we all recognize that the best way to improve our quality of life is to keep our purchases as local as possible and invest in the people and companies that are reinvesting in our area," said Sandor. "I'm happy to be able to offer our community a resource that will enable them to find everything locally, on their phone or their computer."
"We are excited to have Kyle join us as the City Manager for ShopPenticton.com and to have our three local owners in the Okanagan work together to build the movement in one of Canada's most beautiful and iconic areas. With Kyle's experience in online marketing, we know that Penticton's local business community will be in great hands," said Colin Pape, founder and CEO of ShopCity.com.