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For Black Mountain residents, it’s a long time coming.
Starting in February, there will finally be an ultra-local spot to grab a few beers, a bottle of wine or your favourite spirits without having to drive down the hill into Rutland.
That’s right, Black Mountain is getting its own liquor store and it will open its doors to the public in February.
The local Black Mountain owner and developer behind the project has been posting teasers of the new store in the Black Mountain Community Facebook group over the past few months.
In September he shared a photo of the “opening soon” sign, then came a photo of the signage in December and on Thursday, he shared a first look at the inside of the liquor store.
To say that Black Mountain residents are excited would be an understatement.
“Take my money,” wrote Brandon Chompkins on the latest post. Jennifer Hamelin added: "I can’t wait! Looks amazing!”
“Stunning,” said Michelle Cridland. “Nicest liquor store I have ever seen,” while Angela Johnson Cheever said, “Wow! Are you sure this is only a liquor store? Well done.”
We can confirm that it is only a liquor store, not a place to drink it, as Black Mountain residents will have to continue their wait for a local bar or brewery.
But this is certainly a great start and just the first of many new businesses expected to open up shop in the area over the next year or two.
The owner told KelownaNow that the area will be a one-stop shop for residents, with "everything you could possibly want," and even hinted at the possibility of a bar or brewery establishment in the future.
He added that he's very excited to reveal the next phases of the development over the coming months and wants it to be truly community-based, which includes hiring as many Black Mountain residents as possible.