Taking an afternoon to shop in Penticton will lead you to a variety of experiences, from the Cherry Lane Shopping Centre, home to 60 stores and services for crafters, travelers, and chocoholics and much more, to specialty stores throughout the city.

After a morning at “the mall”, make your way downtown — cyclists will find plenty of bike racks, and transit runs from one end of the city to the other, if you choose to leave the car at home — to grab a coffee from Starbucks, Blenz, the Bellevue Cafe or the Saint-Germain Cafe and Gallery, and wander Main, Martin, and Front streets. Plan a circle route to the local art galleries, many are on Front Street, leading to the Penticton Art Gallery, and are neighbours to charming bistros, sushi restaurants, and farm to table cafes.

Head west to Main Street. On Saturdays between May and October, explore the booths of the Penticton Farmers’ Market in the 100 block, and the Downtown Penticton Association’s Community Market in the 200-400 blocks. Or choose to take a walk through downtown any day of the week in search of a special item.

Numerous clothing stores offer casual to high fashion options for everyone. Elliot Row has both men’s and women’s clothing in many styles. Three Wishes carries fashion for women (plus a dedicated area for kids), and unique jewelry and accessories. Urbana and Sass Boutique are favourites with locals, as is The Bum Wrap.

Looking for sports gear? Try The Bike Barn, Freedom Bike Shop, or Peach City Runners. Tea? Head to Teas and Weaves and search for a new rug as well. Shoes? People come to Penticton for quality, comfortable footwear from Softy’s Shoes and Comfort, as well as Fritz Shoes.

And for the kid or explorer in all of us, spend an hour or two in Sirius Science & Nature for hobby supplies, arts and crafts, books, science…and kites for flying at one of many parks around town.

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